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Do we really need $716 billion for the Pentagon?

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May 2018 | Article

As Congress continues its consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, there is one question that is not being asked: Do we really need $716 billion to defend the United States? ... Read More »

BlackRock: Funding War, Preaching Social Responsibility

by William D. Hartung

Medium, May 2018 | Article

With $5 trillion in assets under its control, BlackRock is the largest corporation of its kind in the world. In recent years the company has been seeking to burnish its image by urging the companies it funds to take into account the concerns of the communities in which they operate, including showing leadership on “environmental, social and governance matters.” ... Read More »

MILITARY READINESS COMES SECOND IN CONGRESS

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May 2018 | Article

Report shows lawmakers cater to contractors, not the troops... Read More »

How the Saudis Wooed Donald Trump

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The Nation, May 2018 | Article

All it took was flattery, arms, and a little bit of cash... Read More »

Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path To War With Iran

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, May 2018 | Article

President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory, setting the stage for a war that one analyst has noted could “make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park.”... Read More »

Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, April 2018 | Article

It's pitched as a way to cut waste — but would make the misallocation of our tax dollars more likely... Read More »

Trump’s arms sales policy puts contractors above common sense

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, April 2018 | Article

In a move that poses grave risks to U.S. security, the Trump administration’s newly released conventional arms transfer policy will put jobs and the interests of arms manufacturers ahead of safety, security, and human rights in its decisions on who the United States should arm... Read More »

How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, April 2018 | Article

Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes... Read More »

Trump’s Wag The Dog Strategy On Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, April 2018 | Article

After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely attributed to the Assad regime... Read More »

From Endless War to Diplomacy First: Time for a New Foreign Policy

by William D. Hartung

Medium, April 2018 | Article

Most Americans are unaware that we are a country at war — seven wars, in fact... Read More »

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