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Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports

by Rachel Stohl, Colby Goodman

Defense News, September 2017 |

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organizations and corrupt and abusive foreign security forces... Read More »

Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

by Taner Bertuna, Colby Goodman

Lob Log, June 2017 |

As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins on two of his campaign promises: build a military that is “gonna be so strong nobody’s gonna mess with us,” and increase U.S. jobs... Read More »

Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High

by Colby Goodman

LobeLog, March 2017 |

U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliveries by at least $5 billion over recent years, according to latest data from several U.S. government reports. The major increase in U.S. arms sales deliveries comes from a relatively new Commerce Department program established in part to help U.S. companies export certain types of military equipment more easily. Some arms industry associations are already urging the Trump administration to further reduce controls on defense companies exporting arms, but it’s too early to tell what specific controls the administration would seek to reduce... Read More »

U.S. Military and Police Aid Programs A Basic Guide

by Celina Menzel, Colby Goodman

November 2016 | Fact Sheet

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The black hole of Pentagon foreign aid

by Colby Goodman

The Hill, March 2016 | Article

During Sunshine Week, Americans celebrate access to public information as a cornerstone of democratic accountability. Only by knowing what our government is spending, and what policies it is carrying out on our behalf, can we ensure that officials are upholding the letter and spirit of the law and the will of the electorate... Read More »

More Transparency Is Needed on the Pentagon’s Military Aid Programs

by Colby Goodman, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, March 2016 | Article

Providing military and police aid to the security forces of other nations — also referred to as security assistance — has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The programs administered by the Department of Defense are of particular concern, since they are the least transparent and therefore the most likely to be abused... Read More »

Post-Coup Leader in Burkina Faso Helped Steer U.S. Military Exercises

by Colby Goodman

September 2015 | Article

The post-coup military leader of Burkina Faso steered Burkina Faso's participation in a major U.S. counterterrorism training exercise, according to the Defense Department's Africa Command website.... Read More »

The Security Aid Blackout: How Cloudy U.S. Security Assistance Information Hampers Effective Progress

by Colby Goodman, Abigail Poe Akre

Publish What You Fund, July 2015 | Article

Without increased transparency, sound decision-making on security assistance is severely limited both in the United States and recipient countries. Pentagon efforts to reduce security threats and the resulting benefits to development are also stymied.... Read More »

Book Review: Arms and the Dudes

by Colby Goodman

Washington Independent Review of Books, June 2015 | Article

A gripping account of the U.S. government's unfortunate use of contractors during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars... Read More »

U.S. Restricts Police Aid to Africa Over Effects of Anti-LGBT Law

by Colby Goodman

Amnesty USA, July 2014 | Article

The Obama Administration has suspended U.S. security assistance to Uganda in connection with its new “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” raising the possibility of similar U.S. restrictions for other African states on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Summit... Read More »

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