Miriam Pemberton

Bio

Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels. She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending.

In addition to articles and opeds, her publications include two report series. “Military vs. Climate Security” compares federal spending on the two security domains, and argues for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change. “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” examined the balance of spending on military forces, homeland security and non-military foreign engagement and argues for a rebalanced security budget.

With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Latest

85 Percent? How Do You Figure, Mr. Ryan?

After promising his budget proposal would stick closely to the bipartisan deficit reduction commission's recommendations, his actual blueprint looks like a work of ideological posture of his own creation.

A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History

We should support the Egyptian miracle by cutting military aid and shifting it to support what will actually help Egyptians improve their standard of living.

Two Big Errors Plague Budget Reporting

President Obama's proposed budget offers no real cuts to the Pentagon, and further spreads the divide between Defense and State Departments spending.
The US maintains the most expansive and expensive military on the planet. More than half of the annual budget goes towards "defense." But in the ongoing debates about the appropriate austerity measures to take, cuts to military spending have been insufficiently prioritized.
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