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Military Spending

Are We In For Another Increase In Military Spending?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

At the present time, an increase in U.S. military spending seems as superfluous as a third leg. The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history.

Boots, Bombs, B-52s -- and the Indefinite Detention of Americans: The Newest NDAA

Iziah Thompson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Iziah Thompson

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is the book of books when it comes to defense spending. And the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is the first body in Congress to craft the annual defense bill into what will become passable legislation.

Hammering for Peace

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

Jessica Reznicek arrested outside of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Nebraska Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two frie...

Support For Defense Spending Reaches Highest Point Since 9/11

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

Thirty-five percent of Americans favor increased defense spending, reaching the highest level of support since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according ...

Climate Change: Still a War of Words

William S. Becker | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

In Washington D.C. last week, a former Army general told a Senate committee that the U.S. military is being distracted and soldiers are being put at risk because the Department of Defense (DoD) has become "an unwitting agent for propagandizing the dangers of climate change."

10 Countries With The Fastest Growing Militaries

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business

This article was originally published on 24/7 Wall St. Military spending in the United States totaled $596 billion in 2015, far and away the largest ...

How The Oil Crisis Has Impacted Military Spending | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business

A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has revealed that most of the world's nations hiked their military budgets last year,...

How Not to Audit the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn't work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.

How Many Generals Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This is the repetitive world of war into which the young, especially in America's poorest schools, are being recruited, even if they don't know it, via JROTC. It's a Pentagon-funded program that ensures the country's all-volunteer military never lacks for new troops to dispatch to old conflicts.

The Wars in Our Schools

Rory Fanning | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Rory Fanning

Politicians and the school boards, time and again, claim their school systems are broke. No money for books, teacher's salaries and pensions, healthy lunches, etc. And yet, in 2015, the U.S. spent $598 billion on the military. That's nearly 10 times what it spent on education.

Trump: Foreign Policy's Useful Idiot?

John Feffer | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

For all his earlier flirtations with the Democratic Party, the Donald is a product of the same right-wing extremism that has flushed moderates out of the Republican Party, reduced political discourse to a debate over the relative size of bank accounts and genitalia, and revealed "politically incorrect" talk to be naked racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Trump is a rogue elephant, and he might just lead the entire herd over the electoral cliff. It's a drama that's almost Shakespearian in its combination of low comedy and fratricidal bloodletting.

It's Time for America to Get Defense Spending Right

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We need a less ideological, more serious assessment of the specifics of defense spending. We should not view the Department of Defense budget as sacrosanct. There are many areas where cuts should be seriously considered.

Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

On February 10, 2016, Peace Action--the largest peace organization in the United States--announced its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the Democrati...

Confronting Our Toxic Legacy

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Tick, tick, tick. This is the threat we face: toxic soil, water and air, our legacy of two centuries of industrial ignorance and recklessness, combined with something even worse: militarism and the arrogance of empire.

The U.S. Military 'Pivots' to the World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Cross-posted with Here's my little joke of the month: How do you spell Pentagon? M-O-R-E. Whether it's funny or not, it couldn't be ...

The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

William Astore | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Imagine parents endlessly praising their son as "the smartest, handsomest, most athletically gifted boy since God created Adam." We'd conclude that they were thoroughly obnoxious, if not a bit unhinged. Yet the military remains just this sort of favored son, the country's golden child. And to the golden child go the spoils.

Four Horsemen of the Democracy

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Four Horsemen are running loose: War, Poverty, Racism and Climate Change. They may have other names, but these are how they appear to me in my political nightmares. And the riders are human. They're the ones leading us right now, behind the façade of democracy. Confronting them -- stopping them -- will take a movement independent of politics as usual, but not independent of the political process itself.

The U.S. Military Spent Millions Bringing Nine Italian Goats To Afghanistan

ProPublica | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

Is it true that rare Italian goats were airlifted to Afghanistan? Did Defense Department employees go to carpet tradeshows in Europe? How about on jew...

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy

David Vine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
David Vine

Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a "new" and "enduring" system of military bases around the Middle East.

After Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Those of us who have campaigned for a radical reduction of the U.S. military footprint overseas have spent so much time detailing our objections to the status quo that we don't have much time left over to consider what would happen if we succeed.

U.S. Should Charge to Protect Defense Welfare Clients: Donald Trump Got One Idea Right

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.

Senate Ignores Obama Veto Threat To Advance Defense Bill

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Enough Senate Democrats sided with Republicans on Tuesday to advance a key defense bill, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama...

Appeasing the Ignorati

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Any sufficiently shameless and ambitious politician knows that a smoothly delivered fabrication on live television impresses millions more than will read the next day's refutations.

China, Climate, and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

Despite all the meetings, promises, and apocalyptic threats, global carbon emissions have risen from the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 until today -- from around 6.5 billion metric tons per year to nearly 10 billion. If both China and the U.S. had tackled this issue back in 2001, perhaps we wouldn't currently be in this pickle. Chalk that up as another opportunity cost (which might just cost us the planet). Instead of haggling over currency, hacking, and sea-lanes, the two superpowers should be thinking big. Between them, the U.S. and China account for nearly one-third of the global economy, nearly one-quarter of the world's population, and more than two-fifths of the world's carbon emissions. What these two countries do by definition has an enormous global impact.

China to Lay off 300,000 Troops -- Bummer for Defense Stocks

Phil Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

OK, well perhaps all Government have their own idiocy but we are clearly the World's idiots with our RIDICULOUS military budget, which is "officially" $711Bn, but that doesn't count the portion of our debt that comes from our Military Adventures and the cost of the interest it takes to service that debt.