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Obama's Military Strategy Review: Seeking Real Reform

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, January 2012 | Article

Tomorrow morning the Obama administration will present the findings of its latest national security strategy review. The review has been undertaken with an eye towards scaling back Pentagon spending in a way that best provides for the defense of the country... Read More »

America's Nuclear Options

by William D. Hartung

LA Times, November 2011 | Letter

Letter to the Editor: Michael O'Hanlon is right to target nuclear weapons projects for budget cuts. But there is more that can be done to save money in this area without compromising our security... Read More »

Stay Tuned: New Ad Calls for Debate on Nuclear Weapons

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, November 2011 | Article

In the first Republican presidential debate on national security issues, held on November 12th, the closest the Republican candidates came to holding a discussion on nuclear weapons... Read More »

Arms and the Super Committee

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, November 2011 | Article

As the Congressional super committee moves towards its deadline for developing a deficit reduction plan, we need to make sure that its decisions reflect the national interest, not special interests... Read More »

Defense spending on the chopping block

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, November 2011 | Letter

William D. Hartung's letter to the editor: Automatic cuts to military spending are not an ideal approach because they interfere with rational planning... Read More »

Defense budget alarmism necessitates journalistic skepticism

by William D. Hartung

Nieman Watchdog, November 2011 | Article

Defense expert Bill Hartung offers ways to put the Pentagon's cries of poverty into a little context... Read More »

Arms Industry Job Claims: Don't Be Scared, Be Skeptical

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, October 2011 | Article

Military spending should not be seen as a jobs program. To paraphrase President Dwight D. Eisenhower, we should spend everything... Read More »

Misleading Job Claims Cloud Defense Spending Debate

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, October 2011 | Article

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Boeing Corporation Vice-President James Albaugh, and House Armed Services Committee Chair Howard P. “Buck” McKeon have something in common: they are all arguing that scaling back the Pentagon’s spending plans will cost large numbers of jobs. ... Read More »

CNAS Report Underscores Need for a New Strategy

by William D. Hartung

Democracy Arsenal, October 2011 | Article

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) summarizes its new report on defense spending as follows: “U.S. Global Engagement Strategy at Risk If Defense Cuts Exceed $550 Billion Over Ten Years.” ... Read More »

Hollow Arguments on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, August 2011 | Article

Opponents of proposed reductions in the Pentagon's spending plans have increasingly settled on one frightening phrase to sum up their arguments: the danger of a "hollow military."... Read More »

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