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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 »

Libya and the Perils of Regime Change

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-01-2016 | Article

The 2011 intervention in Libya was praised at the time as the right way to take military action against a repressive regime. The anti-Qaddafi effort was a true coalition effort, with European allies taking the initial lead in the bombing campaign, and with political support from the Arab League. And the overthrow of the regime was accomplished without putting U.S. troops in harm's way... Read More »

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-01-2016 | Article

According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period. More then three quarters of the weaponry came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom... Read More »

Merchants of Menace: How US Arms Sales are Fueling Middle East Wars

by William D. Hartung

CounterPunch, Nov-20-2015 | Article

The majority of the Obama administration’s major arms sales have gone to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia topping the list with over $49 billion in new agreements. This is particularly troubling given the complex array of conflicts raging throughout the region, and given the Saudi regime’s use of U.S.-supplied weaponry in its military intervention in Yemen... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to the Middle East: Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?

by William D. Hartung

Oct-19-2015 | Article

This post was originally presented by William D. Hartung, Senior Adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor program, at the event, “Crisis in Yemen: Humanitarian and Security Consequences of Military Support to the Region” hosted by the Forum on Arms Trade and Security Assistance Monitor.... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Military Assistance

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Oct-08-2015 | Letter

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.... Read More »

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