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Going for Broke: The Budgetary Consequences of Current US Defense Strategy

Going for Broke: The Budgetary Consequences of Current US Defense Strategy

by Carl Conetta

Oct-25-2011 | Policy Brief

The Pentagon’s adoption of more ambitious goals, strategy, and missions after the Cold War has led to today’s unsustainable defense budgets... Read More »

Aiding Insecurity: Four Years of Mexico's Drug War and Merida Initiative

Aiding Insecurity: Four Years of Mexico's Drug War and Merida Initiative

by Tom Barry

Jul-01-2011 | Policy Brief

Mexico's drug-trafficking organizations constitute a threat to regional security and to U.S. national security, says the U.S. government. Yet, the region is becoming less secure and less safe as the result of the security emphasis of U.S. counternarcotics initiatives... Read More »

"Border Control" Before "Border Security"

by Tom Barry

Apr-11-2011 | Policy Brief

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Border Patrol adapted its rhetoric to reflect its newly acquired homeland security mission. In the past, the Border Patrol only occasionally referred to its mission as "securing the border."... Read More »

The Shadow Prison Industry and Its Government Enablers

The Shadow Prison Industry and Its Government Enablers

by Tom Barry

Jan-11-2010 | Policy Brief

Outsourcing governmental responsibilities to private contractors is routine and alarming. The Black- water, Wackenhut, CACI, and Halliburton scandals have highlighted the damage to our foreign affairs resulting from the reliance on private contractors to perform essential foreign policy missions. However... Read More »

Restoring Integrity to the Immigration System

Restoring Integrity to the Immigration System

by Tom Barry

May-04-2009 | Policy Brief

There is broad agreement that the immigration system is broken. But reaching a political consensus on how to fix the system has in recent years proved impossible. In the absence of a comprehensive immigration reform, the government has adopted a “get-tough” posture on immigration designed to “restore integrity to the immigration system” and “uphold the rule of law” ... Read More »

Re-Envisioning Defense: An Agenda for US Policy Debate and Transition

Re-Envisioning Defense: An Agenda for US Policy Debate and Transition

by Carl Conetta

Dec-05-2008 | Policy Brief

Summarizes problem areas in recent US defense policy as well as several broad topics of debate that touch on them all... Read More »

Forceful Engagement: Rethinking the Role of Military Power in US Global Policy

Forceful Engagement: Rethinking the Role of Military Power in US Global Policy

by Carl Conetta

Dec-01-2008 | Policy Brief

The US has been using its armed forces beyond the limit of their utility. The result is not just diminishing returns, but negative ones... Read More »

[PDF] Memorandum: Analysis of the 2006 Foreign Military Training Report

[PDF] Memorandum: Analysis of the 2006 Foreign Military Training Report

by Adam Isacson, Joy Olson

Nov-17-2006 | Policy Brief

A memo analyzing the State and Defense Departments' recently released annual Foreign Military Training Report (FMTR) covering 2005. ... Read More »

Notes for the 11/13-14 Visit of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe

by Adam Isacson

Nov-13-2006 | Policy Brief

In the wake of last week's midterm election results, the president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, will visit Washington today and tomorrow. ... Read More »

Memorandum: Next Steps for Talks with the FARC

by Adam Isacson

Oct-16-2006 | Policy Brief

In late September and early October, we saw a flurry of activity around the possibility of talks between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas.... Read More »

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