On Tax Day, Consider the Hidden Costs of War

On Tax Day, Consider the Hidden Costs of War

April 15 isn’t just Tax Day. It’s also known as the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. People around the world mark the occasion by protesting the vast resources allocated to militaries, often at the cost of human needs. According to a new report...
The Military-Industrial Threat to the Nation’s Well-Being

The Military-Industrial Threat to the Nation’s Well-Being

These days, the news cycle rotates between the deficit, bouts of extreme weather, horrific crimes, taxation, immigration, gun control (or the lack thereof), and a few other regularly reported crises. Lost in this shuffle is any heated discussion of the biggest threat...
Conn Hallinan’s 2012 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Conn Hallinan’s 2012 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Each year Conn Hallinan’s blog Dispatches From the Edge awards news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?” Here are 2012’s winners. Dr. Strangelove Award to Lord John Gilbert, former UK defense minister in...
Profiting from the Pentagon

Profiting from the Pentagon

Washington’s talking about cutting the military budget. Whoopee. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently revealed plans to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Pentagon’s budget in the next decade, with possibly more reductions on the way....

Want to Cut Federal Spending? Go Where the Money Is.

Pop quiz: Name the last three presidents who significantly cut military spending. If your answer is George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon, you would be correct. To address budget deficits, Bush I and Reagan, in his second term, reduced military spending...
The Green Dividend

The Green Dividend

The president didn’t want the engine. The Pentagon chief didn’t want the engine. Even the Air Force didn’t want to spend $485 million to develop a second engine for the F-35 fighter jet. After all, Pratt & Whitney had already won the bid for the...