Peace Transitions

Building peace requires undermining the economic foundations of war. In the U.S., those foundations are built on a military budget as large as that of the next seven countries put together, and representing a majority share of the federal discretionary budget. Those who profit from the excessive concentration of federal resources on the military have been careful to spread those resources across the country, weaving military contracting into the economies of communities and congressional districts across the country.

IPS’ work on behalf of a peace economy has three parts: First, writing, speaking and organizing in support of a shift of federal spending from military to civilian priorities; second, working on models of community transition from defense dependency to alternative economic foundations; and third, building a digital archive of materials on peace economy research and advocacy from the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 periods to inform and inspire future work in the field.

Latest Work

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Trump's Insecurity Budget

Throwing money at the Pentagon while gutting other programs that protect Americans shouldn't make anyone feel safer.
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Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

The president says he'll protect our interests against the boondoggle weapons makers. Don't believe him.
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This Could Be the Year to Close America's Surplus Military Bases

If Congress gets out of the way.
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The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up

The brass asked for a report on eliminating waste. When investigators found some, the military buried it.
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U.S. Military Names Climate Change an Urgent Threat, But Where's the Money?

As our climate crisis plays out in increased refugee flows and natural disasters, the government is still wasting money on ineffective, traditional military security.

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

Burning Issues: Is Our Military Big Enough?

IPS defense expert Miriam Pemberton explains that the United States military remains the most powerful on earth by far in this segment of Campaign for America's Future “Burning Issues” video series.

The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy

Hundreds of thousands of jobs are tied to the fortunes of Pentagon spending, but the People's Budget has the means to overcome this dependency.
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Where Would Bernie Make His Big Budget Cuts?

Sanders would find plenty to get rid of in America's bloated defense budget.
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Rand Paul Has a Point: How Much Defense Spending is Enough for GOP?

The next GOP debate could find even more substance by making candidates answer Paul’s question to the conservative movement.
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The Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As Congressional dysfunction seemed to be barreling us toward a government shutdown, comes the news of an 11th-hour deal, announced Monday at midnight.
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To unleash the harms, rein in the watchdogs

We’re now getting another taste of what the ongoing assault on the federal government’s watchdog function is doing to all of us.
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Pope Francis and the Military Industrial Complex

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis talked about causes of war.
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Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn't what it looks like.
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The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It's Ever Been

Boosting the Pentagon's budget amounts to robbing domestic programs we desperately need.
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What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse

For U.S. communities dependent on the same industries that have brought Russia to its knees, the time to start planning an economic transition is now.
Mental Healthcare: Underappreciated and Underfunded

Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

As funding for military contracts shrinks, major defense contractors have started to edge their way into the business of implementing health care reform.
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It's Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

Defense-dependent communities need to start diversifying their economies now, before shifts in Pentagon spending leave them with few viable alternatives.
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Funding our wars

A Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post
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Making Windmills out of Warplanes

The federal government needs to cut military spending to free up the money needed to meet the climate challenge.
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In the News

Why Surround the White House?

Times Union | April 25, 2017

Commitment urged to global efforts against climate change

The Village Sun Times | November 17, 2016

A Trump Budget?

National Priorities Project | November 14, 2016

Hurricanes are becoming more dangerous, and the Federal Government is Partly to Blame

climate, climate change, combat, combat vs climate, federal spending, military spending | October 5, 2016

The federal government is spending way too little on climate change

climate, climate change, combat, federal spending, hurricanes | October 5, 2016

Rand Paul Is Right on Defense

Huffington Post | November 13, 2015

Resources

Federal Budget Priorities

Transition Tools

Digital Archive (coming soon)