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Centre Provides Interns with a Chance to Take on the Nation’s Capital

by Jared Thompson

Aug-27-2016 |

Jared Thompson, an international studies major, spent his summer in the capital working as a research intern for the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM), a project of the Center for International Policy that tracks security assistance given by the United States government to foreign powers.... Read More »

‘You Don’t Get the Full Picture of What a Devastating Trade This Is’

by William D. Hartung, Aug-12-2016 | Interview

Janine Jackson interviewed William Hartung about US arms sales for the August 5, 2016, episode of CounterSpin... Read More »

William Hartung on US Arms Trade

by William D. Hartung

CounterSpin, Aug-05-2016 | Interview

“When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade.” That’s the lead on a recent article by William Hartung. He’s director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of, most recently, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. We’ll ask him how it is that we hear so little about an industry that’s so big... Read More »

On Military Spending and National Defense: Interview with William Hartung

by William D. Hartung

Harvard Political Review, Aug-03-2016 | Interview

Having served as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute in the past, William Hartung is the current director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. In addition, he has worked as a speechwriter, policy analyst, and author, who has published several books on the critique of U.S. arms sales policies. He has been featured on Huffington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and more... Read More »

The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-26-2016 |

The world may be in turmoil, but the American arms industry is cashing in... Read More »

How to Arm a "Volatile" Planet

by William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Jul-26-2016 |

Not surprisingly, since Hollywood rakes in billions of dollars annually from the rest of the planet for entertaining us all, weekly news about its business successes and failures is a regular feature of our world. And, oh yes, then there’s that other business, the one that actually makes things that go boom in the night. I’m talking, of course, about the weapons trade... Read More »

Obama Shouldn’t Trade Cluster Bombs for Saudi Arabia’s Friendship

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Jul-19-2016 |

When President Obama visits Saudi Arabia this week for a meeting with representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, he should avoid doing what he did at Camp David last May, the last time he met with them: promise more arms sales. Since Mr. Obama hosted that meeting, the United States has offered over $33 billion in weaponry to its Persian Gulf allies, with the bulk of it going to Saudi Arabia. The results have been deadly... Read More »

Congress Should Demand Wiser, Not More, War Spending

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Jul-18-2016 |

There’s too much slush in the supplemental, as shown by the fourfold jump in spending per deployed servicemember... Read More »

Why Is the United States Still Backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jun-30-2016 |

This month’s White House visit by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) underscores the growing influence of the Saudi defense minister, who is the driving force behind the kingdom’s catastrophic war in Yemen. The Obama administration has provided crucial support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen, including arms, intelligence, and aerial refueling of Saudi aircraft... Read More »

Congress Is Right To Ground The Runaway Blimp

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jun-27-2016 |

When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program. The system is meant to detect cruise missiles, drones, and other low flying aircraft before they can attack the nation’s capital. But as David Willman noted in a piece in the Los Angeles Times last September, “Seventeen years after its birth, JLENS is a stark example of what defense specialists call a ‘zombie’ program: costly, ineffectual and seemingly impossible to kill.”... Read More »

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