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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 »

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

Georgia ranked 14th in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

Michigan ranked 24th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $2.6 billion. It received $298 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 43rd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Michigan received $2.95 billion in FY2013. As Michigan’s GDP was 432.6 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately .67% of Michigan’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • RSPO Recertifies IOI Group, But NGOs Have Yet to See ‘Real Action on the Ground’

    CIP quoted

    Sustainable Brands, 08-09-16

    Less than five months after the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group’s certification, that suspension has been lifted – much to the dismay of NGO campaigners. While the RSPO’s Complaints Panel has said it is “satisfied that IOI has met the conditions set out in its letter to IOI,” Greenpeace Indonesia and the Center for International Policy says they have yet to see any real action on the ground...Read More »

  • Think Tanks and their Corporate Funders: Who’s Selling What?

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    Nonprofit Quarterly, 08-09-16

    The article concedes that much of Brookings’ work appears unconnected, at least on the surface, to corporate interests. Still, as Bill Goodfellow, the executive director of the Center for International Policy, another think tank, said, “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class. But it’s absurd to suggest that donors don’t have influence. The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”—Ruth McCambridge...Read More »

  • Thousands of Pages of Confidential Think Tank Documents Detail Corporate Ties

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    DESMOG, 08-09-16

    “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class,” Bill Goodfellow, executive director of one think tank, the Center for International Policy, told The New York Times. “The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”...Read More »