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Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

by Carl Conetta

October 2014 | Report

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth... Read More »

US Policy on Syria: War or Diplomacy?

by Carl Conetta

September 2013 | Report

A selection of critical views and proposals on the way forward with Syria... Read More »

Defense Sense: Options For National Security Savings FY2014 Update

by Charles Knight, Ethan Rosenkranz, Carl Conetta

June 2013 | Report

PDA's Fiscal Year 2014 update to the Defense Sense report, outlining 16 recommendations that, taken together, achieve more than $22 billion in national security savings... Read More »

Four Decades of US Defense Spending

by Charles Knight, Ethan Rosenkranz, Carl Conetta

January 2013 | Report

A one page review and assessment of the change in US defense spending over 40 years... Read More »

Reasonable Defense: A Sustainable Approach to Securing the Nation

by Carl Conetta

November 2012 | Report

In his latest report, Carl Conetta argues for a new balance among the various instruments of national power reflecting today’s strategic conditions... Read More »

USA and Allies Outspend Potential Rivals on Military by Four-to-One; America Carries Much of the Defense Burden for its Allies

by Carl Conetta

July 2012 | Report

In this fact sheet Carl Conetta looks U.S. military spending compared to that of other countries... Read More »

Pentagon Base Budget to Get Bigger Share in 2013

by Carl Conetta

March 2012 | Policy Brief

A comparison of discretionary spending in 2008 and 2013 shows an increased tilt toward the “Security Basket” and National Defense... Read More »

Defense Sense: Options for National Defense Savings in Fiscal Year 2013

by Charles Knight, Ethan Rosenkranz, Carl Conetta, Christopher Preble, Benjamin H. Friedman

March 2012 | Report

In a joint publication between PDA and the Cato Institute, the authors outline 18 recommendations for safely reducing the Fiscal Year 2013 defense budget by $17 – 20 billion... Read More »

Talking About Military Spending and the Pentagon Budget -- Fiscal Year 2013 (And Beyond)

by Carl Conetta, Christopher Hellman

February 2012 | Policy Brief

A Q&A format report that addresses central issues related tot he 2013 defense budget and deficit reduction debate... Read More »

Going for Broke: The Budgetary Consequences of Current US Defense Strategy

by Carl Conetta

October 2011 | Policy Brief

The Pentagon’s adoption of more ambitious goals, strategy, and missions after the Cold War has led to today’s unsustainable defense budgets... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • The NRA And The Gun Industry Go Global With Trump

    Security Assistance Monitor quoted

    The National Memo, 08-15-18

    American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse — or better, if you happen to be an arms trader — but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through...Read More »

  • The Defense Spending Bill Is an Abomination

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Esquire, 08-14-18

    And not because Trump didn't say John McCain's name...Read More »

  • Press Release: CIP’s Foreign Influence Transparency Proposal Becomes Law

    Ben Freeman


    Today the President signed into law the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes provisions from the Countering Foreign Propaganda Act, first introduced by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), which the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (FITI) at the Center for International Policy helped to craft and loudly supported....Read More »