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Trump's Pentagon Plan Could Cost Almost $1 Trillion; Smart Diplomacy Would Be Cheaper, More Effective

William Hartung | Posted 09.19.2016 | Home
William Hartung

Donald Trump's campaign has been short on specifics, but that changed earlier this month when he gave a speech that provided some examples of what his proposed defense buildup would entail.

Contract Abuse? McCain and the LRSB

Joshua Hampson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Home
Joshua Hampson

Cost overruns for weapons systems are aggravating for politicians, the Department of Defense, and the taxpayer. When weapons systems run over budget, ...

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

ProPublica | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.21.2016 | Home

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...

Politifact's Fuzzy Case Against Bernie Sanders on Pentagon Spending

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.20.2017 | Home
Robert Naiman

The share of the Pentagon budget which goes into fighting ISIS and international terrorism is a fundamentally unknowable fact, like how God passed the time before creating the world. The question is intrinsically outside the scope of human knowledge.

Getting Our Pennies in Priority for Tax Day

Susan Shaer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Home
Susan Shaer

We are what we spend. If we let the Pentagon consume the largest part of our discretionary budget, then we give license to be defined in those terms. We will continue to address global problems with bombs rather than diplomacy. We should not be satisfied with that.

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 05.26.2014 | Home
Mark Pfeifle

MEADS is a case study in how difficult it is to kill any appropriated program, even one that everybody agrees is too expensive, won't be delivered on time -- and won't work even when delivered.

A Costly No Show

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Allan Topol

History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.

After the Shutdown, Don't Exempt the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
William Hartung

A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.

This Is How The Pentagon Spends Its $645.7 Billion Annual Budget

Face The Facts USA | Posted 11.12.2013 | Home

If Congress and the White House don't strike a deficit-reduction deal, cuts kick into the Pentagon's $645.6 billion annual budget. Here's what that me...

Don't Save the Pentagon's Bacon

Sara Ackerman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Home
Sara Ackerman

It is unconscionable that Congress would continue to waste billions of dollars a year on outdated and unnecessary weapons systems like the F-35, while asking everyone else to make do with less.

Sam Stein

Howard Dean On Sequester: 'Let It Happen' | Sam Stein | Posted 02.15.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Howard Dean is used to being an eccentric within his own party, so the fact that he's urging Democrats to address the impending sequeste...

Stronger at Home, More Respected Abroad

Jeff Blum | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home
Jeff Blum

When we invest solely in weapons systems, we rely too heavily on those tools in conflicts. Why spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35, a long-delayed plane designed for different challenges than today's military faces?

Obama Oratory vs. Obama Reality

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Home
Norman Solomon

Despite often nice-sounding rhetoric from the president, this administration has continued with a wide range of policies antithetical to progressive values.

Deadline Looms: Congress Needs to Get Serious, Cut the Pentagon Budget

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home
Robert Greenwald

We must demand our elected representatives respond to our will, or else what are they in Washington for but to simply pad their pockets and those that keep them in power through lucrative political donations?

A $380 Million Defense Boondoggle

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Mark Pfeifle

Regrettably, this isn't the only instance where Washington politicians have sacrificed America's security by treating the Pentagon budget like an ATM. There is a lot of money to be made in wasteful government spending, and nowhere more so than the Pentagon.

One Of Washington's Most Powerful Groups No Longer Safe

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | Home

* Budget knife cuts industry clout * Has spent billions to cultivate Congress By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Marcus Stern ...

Unfounded Hand-Wringing Over Military Spending Cuts

Benjamin Zycher | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Benjamin Zycher

The large body of available evidence tells us that the economic and employment effects of military spending cuts are not relevant for policy choices, will not be significant in any event, and a reduction in defense outlays in fact may yield substantial benefits to the economy over the long run.

Swollen Military Spending Now Faces Sharp Cuts

Posted 10.29.2012 | Home

The Pentagon, whose budget has nearly doubled in the past decade to $645.7 billion, may soon face new sequestration-related budget cuts of nearly $50 ...

Lawmakers complain about monopoly space launch deal

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.13.2012 | Home
The Center for Public Integrity

By Zach ToombsiWatch NewsFor six years, the Air Force has relied mostly on a single, high-cost rocket manufacturer to loft its reconnaissance, communi...

Defense Contractor Time Machine: Less Spending, More Jobs, Analysis Reveals

Ben Freeman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Ben Freeman

For nearly a year, defense contractors have been arguing that potential cuts in Pentagon spending could have a devastating effect on jobs. But would it?

Hey, Big Spender!

Posted 10.06.2012 | Home

The United States spends 58 percent of the total defense dollars paid out by the world's top 10 military powers, which combined for $1.19 trillion in ...

The McCain and Lockheed Dots Are Connecting

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Winslow T. Wheeler

John McCain and the Lockheed-Martin have been behaving in ways that parallel each other. That could be explained by their common political objectives, or by a separate action by McCain that was only recently uncovered by some watchdogs. It's question time.

Voters Reject Major GOP Argument

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home

New survey data released on Monday show that voters from both parties support large cuts to the Pentagon budget, dealing a potential blow to Republica...

SASC Marks Up the Defense Budget in the Dark

Danielle Brian | Posted 08.14.2012 | Home
Danielle Brian

It's hard to think of a bill that merits more public scrutiny than the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Pentagon Encouraging School Bake Sales to Help Pay for Wars

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Mark C. Miller

In an attempt to raise funds for the military budget, the Pentagon is encouraging schools to hold bake sales and donate the profits to the armed forces.