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The Inconsistencies In Trump's National Security Policies

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The recent North Korean missile tests raise questions about contradictions in President Donald Trump’s national security policies. During his campai...

Rebuilding A Last-Century Military To Fight Last-Century Wars

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you are an American male of a certain age ― Don...

Investing In American Insecurity

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Let’s think about the logic of it all for a moment. The 2016 Pentagon budget came in at just over $600 billion and...

Could War With Iran Be On Washington's Agenda?

William Hartung | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
William Hartung

The President Who Loved Generals Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Tru...

A Military Solution For Education

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.13.2017 | Education
Jack Jennings

If the United States valued education as much as military activities, children in elementary schools would have 45% more spent on their education than is provided now. High schools would see their budgets go up by 71%.

War To The Horizon (And Nary A Word About It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you'll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we're at war.

Why Is It So Hard To Reduce The Pentagon Budget?

William Hartung | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

What accounts for the Department of Defense's ability to keep a stranglehold on your tax dollars year after endless year?

Where Is That Wasteful Government Spending?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly...

The U.S. Military Is Not A 'Disaster'

William Hartung | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

A running theme in discussions of U.S. military strength in recent years is the notion that the United States is not spending enough on the military, and that as a result the current U.S. military is "in shambles," or, even worse, "a disaster." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Does the Democratic Party Have a Progressive platform--and Does it Matter?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Shortly after the Democratic Party’s platform committee concluded its deliberations this July, Bernie Sanders announced: “Thanks to the millions o...

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 | Home
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

Oilprice.com | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

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 03.19.2017 | 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 02.12.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com 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 ...