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Stephen Miles
Stephen Miles is the Advocacy Director for Win Without War, a diverse coalition of 40 member organizations formed in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the underlying national security strategy that created them. Stephen is a veteran of campaign politics with a strong background in grassroots advocacy. Prior to joining Win Without War, Stephen worked primarily in New Orleans working to elect Democratic candidates and advance progressive policies. He previously served as the Executive Director of the American Hellenic Council focused on advancing Greek American concerns through community-based advocacy. Stephen is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Tulane University with academic expertise in humanitarian interventions and Middle Eastern politics.

Entries by Stephen Miles

Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

(22) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Breaking news! Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors - from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military - have...

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Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

(52) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:09 PM

If there's one thing we should have learned over the past 13 years of war, it's that war is good business for those in the business of war. Unfortunately, while profits for the Pentagon's contractors increase, so does the cost to taxpayers in billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. As...

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What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War

(12) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:36 PM

On Wednesday night, President Obama addressed the nation to unveil his strategy for confronting the violent extremists of ISIS (also called ISIL or Islamic State). While the President outlined a four-point plan, the central focus of his strategy is an increased military intervention in Iraq, where we have...

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Iraq and Syria: What if Bombing Makes Things Worse?

(29) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:48 PM

With more than 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, surveillance flights over Syria, and over 100 airstrikes launched in Iraq, it is time to start asking the hard questions about the latest U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. As David Petraeus...

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The Scandal We Should Be Talking About

(69) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Nothing grips Washington more than a good scandal, particularly when it involves sex, power and money. Last week's surprise resignation of C.I.A. Director David Petraeus has filled countless column inches and primetime minutes of television. The news of Gen. John Allen's involvement in the scandal is...

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Pentagon Spending: Profits and Politics Trump National Security

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 6:11 PM

This week in Washington the halls of Congress have been flooded with talk about looming cuts to the Pentagon. With members of Congress floating plans to undo planned cuts (known in Congressional jargon as "sequestration") due to start in January, the lobbyists for America's weapons makers, the Aerospace Industries Association...

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Pentagon Contractors Play a Disturbing Game

(17) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 3:29 PM

If politics is a game of chess, Pentagon contractors have decided their workers are the pawns.

After a decade and a half of unprecedented growth, the Pentagon's budget is now set to grow only as fast as inflation and may even shrink ever so slightly. But to...

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