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Corruption in Military Aid Undermines Global Security

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, May-12-2016 | Article

This week the government of the United Kingdom is hosting a conference of leaders in business, government, and civil society aimed at tackling the urgent problem of global corruption. The conference’s stated goals are ambitious: to “expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide,” “punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption,” and “drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.”... Read More »

Arms Sales As a Foreign Policy Tool

by William D. Hartung

Campaign for America's Future, May-11-2016 | Video

The next president should end the practice of using arms sales as an instrument of foreign policy, says William Hartung, director of the arms and security project, in this Burning Issues video... Read More »

U.S. Security Cooperation with GCC Countries

by Security Assistance Monitor

Apr-19-2016 | Fact Sheet

U.S. involvement with the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen is increasingly concerning as human rights organizations question the coalition's adherence to international law... Read More »

El Salvador’s Violence: No Easy Way Out

by Security Assistance Monitor

Mar-31-2016 |

In an attempt to understand the different sources and dynamics of violence, the Center for International Policy and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund traveled to El Salvador late last year. We interviewed journalists, analysts, government officials, judges, police officers, citizens, activists, humanitarian workers, diplomats, and academics. Our report, coming in a series of posts over the next week, will lay out El Salvador’s current security situation and provide recommendations for U.S. policy... Read More »

Lockheed Martin, Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-17-2016 | Article

Lockheed Martin held its annual media day this week, and CEO Marillyn Hewson assured those attending that the company was financially sound and poised to lead the industry in developing the next generation of military technology, from military lasers to hypersonic weapons. But the bulk of the company's revenues rely on old-fashioned techniques - buying up other companies, profiting from the sale of big-ticket weapons systems, and pushing foreign sales... Read More »

Candidates and budget: What do we value as a nation?

by William D. Hartung

Hometown Life, Mar-17-2016 | Article

In less than a year’s time, one of the candidates in last week’s Michigan primary will take office as president of the United States. The new president’s first and most important responsibility will be to submit a budget to Congress... Read More »

The black hole of Pentagon foreign aid

by Colby Goodman

The Hill, Mar-15-2016 | Article

During Sunshine Week, Americans celebrate access to public information as a cornerstone of democratic accountability. Only by knowing what our government is spending, and what policies it is carrying out on our behalf, can we ensure that officials are upholding the letter and spirit of the law and the will of the electorate... Read More »

More Transparency Is Needed on the Pentagon’s Military Aid Programs

by Colby Goodman, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, Mar-14-2016 | Article

Providing military and police aid to the security forces of other nations — also referred to as security assistance — has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The programs administered by the Department of Defense are of particular concern, since they are the least transparent and therefore the most likely to be abused... Read More »

Lockheed Seeks to Save Troubled F-35 With Exaggerated Job Claims

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-08-2016 | Article

It's a time-tested ploy. When a weapons system can't be justified based on cost, capabilities, and need, the manufacturer touts how many jobs the program will create. So it is with Lockheed Martin and its troubled F-35 combat aircraft ... Read More »

Military Aid Should Do No Harm

by William D. Hartung

US News World Report, Mar-08-2016 | Article

The failures of U.S. military assistance programs far outpace the successes... Read More »

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