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Donald Trump’s Dangerous Love Affair With Saudi Arabia & Its Impacts on Mideast Security

Donald Trump’s Dangerous Love Affair With Saudi Arabia & Its Impacts on Mideast Security

by William D. Hartung

Dec-04-2017 |

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States shocked the world. The contrast between his worldview and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, could not have been starker. The global forces of authoritarianism were given a huge boost by this turn of events while supporters of democracy and human rights were left demoralized and disillusioned. Among the governments that openly celebrated the 2016 presidential result, one country stands out—the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia... Read More »

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

Sep-27-2017 | Report

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves... Read More »

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

by Derek Paulhus, William D. Hartung

Aug-10-2017 | Report

The U.S. arms sales relationship with Saudi Arabia is increasingly controversial as a result of the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, which has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing thousands of deaths in the process... Read More »

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

by William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2017 | Report

Coming up with a reliable number for spending on the Pentagon and related programs can be complicated. There are multiple funding streams, and not all of them come by way of the Pentagon’s budget. Articles on Pentagon spending often give incomplete numbers, or fail to explain which aspects of spending on national defense are being described. This fact sheet is designed to provide a guide to the different funding streams and where things stand as of July 2017... Read More »

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

by William D. Hartung

Apr-12-2017 | Report

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for International Policy released a report today on the proposed Trump military budget in historical, strategic, and budgetary perspective. The report entitled, The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm, reveals the full costs of U.S. spending on national security-related functions and demonstrates that much of that money is being misspent due to special interest lobbying and a distorted view of what will make America and its allies safer... Read More »

Articles and Media Appearances 2016

by William D. Hartung

Jan-19-2017 |

This report summarizes articles and media appearances by Arms and Security Project director William D. Hartung during 2016. The project’s work during 2016 focused on reining in Pentagon spending and reducing arms transfers to the Middle East, as part of a larger effort to promote a more effective U.S. foreign policy that focuses on preventing conflict rather than engaging in military action... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security

U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security

by William D. Hartung

Jan-11-2017 |

Despite the fact that it involves billions of dollars worth of weaponry, the U.S./UAE arms transfer relationship receives relatively little attention among the public, in the media, or in Congress. In part this is because the UAE connection is overshadowed by the U.S. role as the primary arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s use of U.S. arms in its brutal bombing campaign in Yemen. But the UAE’s increasingly effective military capabilities and growing regional security role deserve closer scrutiny, both because of their impact on the future of the region and their implications for the future of U.S. arms transfer policy... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

Dec-01-2016 | Policy Brief

This issue brief provides information on the amounts and types of U.S.-supplied equipment in the Saudi arsenal, with a focus on air and ground forces. Much of this equipment has been put to use in the war in Yemen.... Read More »

The Future of Pentagon Spending  in the New Political Climate

The Future of Pentagon Spending in the New Political Climate

by William D. Hartung

Nov-16-2016 | Report

The results of the presidential election have troubling implications for the future of Pentagon spending, and for how the U.S. military is likely to be used in the years to come. We need the wisdom of everyone who cares about peace to figure out the best way to move forward in what could be a very difficult period for the issues and values we care about most. There is no more important time than right now to be doing this work.... Read More »

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight

by William D. Hartung

Feb-10-2016 | Report

As Congress reviews the budget for the Pentagon and related programs for FY 2017, it should take action to prevent the rampant waste that has characterized the department’s operations in recent years. This report demonstrates that the Pentagon has a long way to go in rooting out waste and imposing basic budget discipline. Before the Department of Defense receives billions in additional taxpayer dollars, Congress should make sure that it has a plan to more efficiently spend the resources it is already receiving. The 27 examples in this report document over $33 billion in Pentagon waste. Many of the cases have only entered the public discussion recently, while some represent problems that have persisted for years... Read More »

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