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U.S. to Spend More on Europe's Defense: Let the Europeans Pay Instead

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.

Pentagon Accused Of Denying Medical Care To Alleged 9/11 Plotter It Tortured

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amnesty International is intervening on behalf of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay who says the U.S. government is refusing him medical tre...

Obama's Shop-'til-You-Drop Nuclear Spending Spree

Tom Z. Collina | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Z. Collina

The president's budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes large increases for new nuclear weapons, including new nuclear cruise missiles, new land-based ballistic missiles, and new nuclear-armed bombers and submarines.

Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of Bush-Era Torture Photos

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday begrudgingly released 198 photos showing abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Five Things Heritage Gets Wrong About Pentagon Spending

William Hartung | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

In a piece that ran earlier this week in the National Interest, Heritage analyst Justin T. Johnson puts forward what in his view are "5 Bad Arguments For Cutting U.S. Defense Spending." But Johnson deploys some bad arguments of his own. I will focus on five of them.

Harry Potter and the Essence of Air Sea Battle

Peter Navarro | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF REAL CLEAR DEFENSE Last month, the Pentagon unceremoniously dropped the name "Air Sea Battle" from its bureaucratic lexi...

We Don't Need a Big Military if We Don't Try to Police the World

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the military. Indeed, the chants of neoconservatives on Capitol Hill have gotten quite loud: more military spending, more personnel, more weapons.

Obama Administration Keeps Fighting To Keep Gitmo Force-Feeding Videos Secret

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration indicated on Thursday that it would seek to continue to keep secret heavily redacted videos showing a former G...

How to Build Spectral Armies

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Iraq and Afghanistan are separated by more than 1,000 miles and, although they both exist in what is now known as the Greater Middle East, they had little in common -- at least until March 2003.

The Pentagon's Progress

Nick Turse | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

The U.S. spent $25 billion on "training, equipping, and sustaining" Iraqi security forces. Along the way, Pentagon spokesmen offered up an unending stream of good news about the new Iraqi Army. Yet, that same force collapsed in the face of assaults just two and a half years after U.S. withdrawal.

Dr. King's Antiwar Legacy

William Hartung | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often center on the universalist rhetoric of his "I Have a Dream" speech, but Dr. King did far more than sound the call for freedom and justice. He took specific and often-controversial actions designed to make those goals a reality.

'Modernizing' the Opportunities for Nuclear War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

Pentagon Outlines Plan To Take Back Key Territories From ISIS

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

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Buying Flexibility -- The Pentagon and Risks

Joshua Hampson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Joshua Hampson

The problem with the range of threats the DoD must counter - and it is a wide range - is that it would be budgetarily impossible to build up complete and perfect capabilities to address each at the same time.

Ronald Reagan Would Be Denounced as a Foreign Policy Weakling by Today's GOP Presidential Candidates

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.

Al Qaeda Re-emerges As U.S. Focuses On ISIS And Taliban

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON — Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearin...

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

William Hartung | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer.

Military Kids are the Force of the Future

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

Besides being the right thing to do, help us remind the right people of the incentives for both populations that the care provided today has significant long term consequences for our nation's bottom line, something not always reflected in DoD's ten-year budget.

The Danger of Care

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, I've been with fellow activists to see Khalid Ahmad, aged 20, who survived the U.S.'s October 3 attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Pentagon May Have Wasted Millions Renting Afghanistan Villas

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

Nearly $150 million in U.S. taxpayer funds may have been misspent on unnecessary housing and security for an ultimately doomed Pentagon effort to rev...

For Veterans Day Next Year: Let's Stay Out of Unnecessary Foreign Wars

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. was born in war. Sometimes military action is necessary. But not often. Indeed, virtually never these days. Almost all of the conflicts so often initiated or joined by Washington implicate no important, let alone vital, interests. Most are far more likely to undermine than advance liberty and peace.

Centcom Allegedly Masked U.S. Failures In Beating Back ISIS

The New York Times | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified ...

News Flash: Bomber Lobby Wants More Bombers

William Hartung | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Readers -- and taxpayers -- should take these corporate connections into account when assessing the objectivity of pro-bomber pieces like the Mitchell Institute report. Of course, even interested parties can be right some of the time. But that is not the case with respect to the new bomber.

U.S. Investigators Struggle To Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical sur...

Time for U.S. To Retire Outdated Alliance with ROK

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

America is not at risk from North Korea or even the other Asian powers Snyder cites. Washington does not need the alliance with Seoul to deter Pyongyang. Like most of America's alliances, the U.S.-ROK treaty is entirely one-sided.