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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 »

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 »

Afghanistan: Lessons Identified 2001-2014. Part II-Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Lessons Identified 2001-2014. Part II-Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

by Nicole Ball

Sep-12-2016 | Report

This is one of three studies commissioned by the political parties supporting Denmark’s engagement in Afghanistan. Its objective is to contribute to the development of realistic and useful lessons for future comprehensive and integrated efforts in fragile and conflict affected states... 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 »

Military Spending  In Maryland

Military Spending In Maryland

by William D. Hartung

Oct-21-2015 | Report

Maryland is 4th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving over $13.5 billion in FY 2014. It is 4th in the country for in contract awards per capita, with $2,260 being awarded per person in the state. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 4.2% of Maryland’s overall GDP in FY 2014.... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Tennessee

Pentagon Spending in Tennessee

by William D. Hartung

Oct-05-2015 | Report

Tennessee is 37th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving $1.24 billion in FY2014 (USASpending). It received $190 in Pentagon awards per capita in FY2014 and ranked 48th in per capita awards relative to other states. Comparatively, Tennessee received $1.23 billion in FY2013 (USASpending). With a GDP of $300.6 billion in FY2014, DoD contracts accounted for approximately .41% of Tennessee’s GDP (Bureau of Economic Analysis).... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Connecticut

Pentagon Spending in Connecticut

by William D. Hartung

Oct-05-2015 | Report

Connecticut is 5th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving $13.2 billion in FY2014. It is 3rd in the country for contract awards per capita, at $3,693. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 5.7% of Connecticut’s overall GDP in 2014.... Read More »

Military Spending In Pennsylvania

Military Spending In Pennsylvania

by William D. Hartung

Sep-08-2015 | Report

Pennsylvania ranked 8th among all U.S. states in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving a total of $10.4 billion. Comparatively, it received $10.2 billion in FY2013. It received $815 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, ranking 17th in the country. As Pennsylvania’s GDP (BEA) was $640 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.6% of Pennsylvania’s GDP in 2013.... Read More »

Water Wars

Water Wars

by Tom Barry

Aug-10-2015 | Report

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

New Hampshire ranked 38th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $1.2 billion. It received $853 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 16th among the 50 states. Comparatively, New Hampshire received $1.5 billion in FY2013. As New Hampshire’s GDP was $68.7 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.2% of New Hampshire’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • Laura Carlsen on Counter Punch Radio: Episode 84

    Laura Carlsen

    Counter Punch Radio, 04-26-17

    In a special bonus episode this week, Eric chats with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, as she travels with the Caravan against Fear through the Southwest. The conversation touches on everything from Trump's racist policies and the fantasies upon which their based, to US strategic objectives in Latin America; from economic contradictions in the US-Mexico relationship, to the motives behind the drug war and Jeff Sessions' idiotic war on weed...Read More »

  • CNN panelist nails Trump’s ‘P.T. Barnum foreign policy’ as the ‘mother of all distractions’

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Raw Story, 04-17-17

    “Is there a new Trump doctrine in the making, or has the president simply found a formula for distracting the public and the media from his troubles at home?” wrote William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, on CNN...Read More »

  • Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off the Wars

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Democracy Now!, 04-11-17

    Does President Trump stand to personally profit off the wars he is escalating in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and beyond? That’s the question many are asking, after it emerged that Trump has personally invested in Raytheon, the military contractor who makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase last week. Raytheon’s stocks briefly surged after the attack...Read More »