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The U.S. Should Stop Using Arms Sales To "Solve" Complex Conflicts

William Hartung | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

As I have written recently, the $70 billion-per year global arms trade doesn't get nearly enough coverage given its size, scope and devastating consequences. But a new report by the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) offers an important exception to that rule.

Congress must take action to block weapon sales to Saudi Arabia

Medea Benjamin | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Given the devastation of the attack on Yemen, a diverse group of organizations and individuals have called on the U.S. government to stop the sale of additional weapons to Saudi Arabia. The United Nations has said that Saudi air strikes on civilian targets likely constitute war crimes.

U.S. Warns Assad, Scrambles Jets After Close Encounter

Wall Street Journal | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.19.2016 | World

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon warned Friday that the Syrian government would be “well-advised” not to strike U.S. and allied military personnel operat...

Revised DoD Manual Makes Clear That Journalists Have All The Rights Of Civilians

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 07.22.2016 | Media

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday updated its law of war manual after a previous version came under fire for appearing to allow c...

U.S. Arms Sales Approvals Set To Reach Nearly $40 billion

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - The U.S. government is on track to approve nearly $40billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that e...

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills 2 Senior ISIS Commanders In Iraq

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.02.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition air strike killed Islamic State's deputy minister of war and a military commander in Mosul on June 25, a P...

Congress Is Right To Ground The Runaway Blimp

William Hartung | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program.

Pentagon To Repeal Ban On Transgender Troops

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, U.S. defense off...

Stop Playing Games With The Pentagon Budget

William Hartung | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Defending the United States and its allies is serious business. That's all the more reason Congress should stop playing games with Pentagon spending. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget.

The Pentagon As A Machine For Cost Overruns

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When it comes to Pentagon weapons systems, have you ever heard of cost "underruns"? I think not. Cost overruns? They turn out to be the unbreachable norm, as they seem to have been from time immemorial.

The Pentagon's Real $trategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

The Foreign Policy Blueprint Hillary Shouldn't Follow

William Hartung | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton is more hawkish than President Obama, or that she is the favorite of the foreign policy establishment. But if she gets the Democratic nomination and wins the November election, she would be well advised to seek broader counsel in constructing her foreign policy.

Obama After Hiroshima: From Words to Action

William Hartung | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama's visit to Hiroshima this morning was a piece of history. He rose to the occasion in his remarks, speaking not only of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons but also questioning the institution of war itself, all with a clear focus on the devastating human consequences of armed conflict.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability

William Hartung | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Now you see it, now you don't. Think of it as the Department of Defense's version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon's budget is as close to a work of art as you're likely to find in the U.S. government -- if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

Pentagon Pork Revealed in Three Amendments

William Hartung | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

It's not time to give up; it's time to get active. And when we follow Congressional debates on critical defense issues, we should keep an eye out for pork barrel interests that too often distort the development of sound policies.

Courage Under Fire: West Point Cadets Show America the Meaning of Leadership

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

Photo Courtesy New York Times Last week the United States Military Academy at West Point launched an inquiry into the conduct of 16 African-American ...

Uncle Sam Needs Coders. Here's How The Military Could Draft Them.

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

Could Uncle Sam track down and draft a dozen 30-something computer programmers if the Army suddenly needed them? Not yet. But the idea’s out there. ...

Auditors Criticize Pentagon For Wasting Property And Ammunition

Center for Public Integrity | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

If You Hate Trump's Foreign Policy, Wait Until You See Ted Cruz's

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

From his assertion that he would use carpet bombing and see if "sand can glow in the dark" in the fight against ISIS to his pledge to mindlessly lavish 4 percent of our Gross Domestic Product on the Pentagon, Cruz is arguably even more reckless than Donald Trump.

U.S. Military Investigates And Finds Itself Not Guilty Of War Crimes In Afghan Hospital Bombing

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said on Friday that its attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October was not a war cri...

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Rather than serving as an exception in a swamp of spending excess, the ending of the JLENS project should serve as a first step towards trimming other needless weapons programs and wasteful practices.

Pentagon: Fewer Foreign Fighters Joining Islamic State

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria has decreased sharply in the past yea...

The Pentagon's Potlatch

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

The logic of military spending leads countries to effectively destroy their own property and burn down their own villages, through misplaced national budget priorities, in order to engage in the one-upmanship logic of local, regional, and global arms races.

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."