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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: March 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, Apr-06-2018 | Article

In the last week of March 2018, we used Google Surveys to ask respondents the following questions about confidence in institutions:... Read More »

Donald Trump Is America’s Number-One Weapon Salesman

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Apr-04-2018 |

And he couldn’t be prouder of the job he’s doing... Read More »

HOME BLOG ABOUT US PEOPLE CONTACT Trump, Congress, and the Costs of Endless War

by William D. Hartung

Americas Porgram, Apr-04-2018 | Article

If Donald Trump is to be believed, everything he does is bigger and better than anything Barack Obama ever did. More often than not these claims are a gross exaggeration. But when it comes to Pentagon spending, Trump’s boasts have more than a grain of truth... Read More »

Selling Arms as if There Were No Tomorrow

by Security Assistance Monitor, William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Apr-01-2018 | Article

Few American exports are more successful globally than things that go boom in the night: Hollywood movies -- especially, of course, superhero films, which regularly garner vast international audiences -- and advanced weaponry of just about every imaginable kind... Read More »

Time To Rethink U.S. Military Aid To Egypt

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Mar-28-2018 | Article

This week’s presidential election in Egypt offers an opportunity to rethink the amount and purpose of U.S. military aid to that nation, which has totaled over $40 billion since the signing of the Camp David peace accords in 1979. Is U.S. aid helping Egypt to effectively combat a growing terrorist threat while maintaining good relations with Israel?... Read More »

Trump and Bolton Take a Page From Richard Nixon and the Mad Man Theory

by Melvin A. Goodman

Mintpress News, Mar-26-2018 | Article

The madman theory of policy is a debatable subject, but the thought of having actual madmen in positions of power is frightening.... Read More »

Arms Sales Decisions Shouldn’t Be About Jobs

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Mar-26-2018 | Article

Basic foreign policy principles should drive potential weapons exports, not pork-barrel politics... Read More »

The Mad Man Theory: Nixon, Trump and Bolton

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, Mar-26-2018 | Article

Early in Richard Nixon’s presidency, he told his chief of staff Bob Haldeman that his secret strategy for ending the Vietnam War was to threaten the use of nuclear weapons... Read More »

Who’s Afraid Of John Bolton?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-26-2018 | Article

The appointment of uber-hawk John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security advisor has understandably sparked concerns among groups on the center-left who rightly fear that it raises the prospects for war against Iran, North Korea, or some enemy yet to be imagined. But the more interesting question is how Bolton’s ascendancy will be viewed on the right... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

by William D. Hartung

Mar-24-2018 | Report

Michigan ranked 24 th (USA Spending) in the country in terms of Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $3.09 billion 1... Read More »

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