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A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, July 2017 |

In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” ... Read More »

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, July 2017 |

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon... Read More »

Redesigning the Foreign Aid Architecture

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobe Log, July 2017 |

Donald Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to call for bureaucratic reorganization to improve government efficiency and effectiveness... Read More »

Pentagon Cries Poverty as Trump Marches to War

by William D. Hartung

Democratic Socialists of America, July 2017 |

When Donald Trump’s administration ordered the bombing of a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians, the decision was greeted warmly in the mainstream media, as if it were a well-considered decision designed to dissuade the Assad regime from engaging in further chemical attacks... 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 »

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, June 2017 |

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say)... Read More »

Good News, Bad News in Trump’s International Affairs Budget

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lob Log, June 2017 |

Expert reviews of President Trump’s proposed budget for international affairs have been almost uniformly negative—and for good reason. Severe and disproportionate cuts for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would undermine U.S. national security... Read More »

Stop supporting Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

SentinelSource.com, June 2017 |

The Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians while undermining U.S. security interests in the greater Middle East, must stop. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is poised to take a large step in the wrong direction by providing the Saudis with laser-guided bombs and other munitions that are likely to be used in the war... Read More »

Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

US News, May 2017 |

One of Donald Trump's most consistent refrains is his pledge to keep America safe by building up our military. Toward that end, his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon and related spending, to be offset by corresponding cuts in diplomacy and domestic programs... Read More »

There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, May 2017 |

Donald J. Trump may be unpredictable, but there is one common theme that runs throughout his presidency: a penchant for exaggerating his achievements... Read More »

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