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The Ouster of Chuck Hagel: The Dumbing Down of National Security Policy

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Nov-25-2014 | Article

The forced resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel points to two major problems in the national security policies of the Obama administration that have not been corrected in the past six years... Read More »

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

by CIP

Nov-24-2014 | Letter

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police... Read More »

CIA Reorganization Would be Risky

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Nov-21-2014 | Letter

CIA Director John Brennan’s consideration of breaking up the operational and analytical directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency would do great harm to the production of strategic intelligence... Read More »

The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn't Need

by William D. Hartung

The Fresno Bee, Nov-18-2014 | Article

Congress must subject the president's new $5.6 billion war funding request to careful scrutiny, and reject it if questions about the budgetary need and human rights impacts cannot be adequately answered... Read More »

President Obama and the Rohingya Genocide Threat in Burma

by Tom Andrews

Huffington Post, Nov-11-2014 | Article

The UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide has expressed deep concern for targeting of the Rohingya and warned of a "considerable risk of further violence." Hardly surprising given Burmese President Thein Sein's statement, two years ago, that the "only solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or camps. Quite surprising, however, was the U.S. announcement, hours later, lifting investment sanctions... Read More »

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-04-2014 | Article

The Pentagon's weapons trafficking arm -- the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) -- announced last week that it brokered $34 billion in arms deals in fiscal year 2014, one of the highest totals in the history of the agency... Read More »

Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy, Oct-27-2014 | Article

Obama's small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense contractors and hired guns... Read More »

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct-24-2014 | Article

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, Oct-15-2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

Afghanistan's Ongoing Nightmare

by Matthew Hoh

U.S. News & World Report, Jul-11-2014 | Article

A messy presidential election is just the latest proof that America's campaign in Afghanistan failed... Read More »

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