Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

Why Spend $54 Billion More on the Pentagon? To Start a War, Obviously.

So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade...
Trump’s Insecurity Budget

Trump’s Insecurity Budget

Millions of Americans are feeling uneasy, disgruntled, and insecure. That message sounded loud and clear throughout our turbulent election year. The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal isn’t likely to change that. It comes down to this: lots more money — $54...
This Could Be the Year to Close America’s Surplus Military Bases

This Could Be the Year to Close America’s Surplus Military Bases

Describing the current policy landscape as “turbulent” would be understating things. But some things haven’t changed. Like the perennial effort to convene a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) to look at shuttering military bases that the...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump

Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump

About 54 cents of every discretionary dollar in the federal budget goes to the military. And that’s been true for a very long time. Despite his claimed opposition to current wars, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to end limits on Pentagon spending, increase...
The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up

The Pentagon’s $125 Billion Cover-up

Let’s say you ask somebody a question. They give you an answer you don’t like, so you pretend you didn’t hear it. Probably all of us would cop to something like this at some time in our imperfect pasts. For most of us though, that pretending hasn’t included trying to...
Help Spread the Word: #CombatVsClimate

Help Spread the Word: #CombatVsClimate

Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared For release Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Dear partners: Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Institute for Policy Studies’s “Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security...
Report: Combat Vs. Climate

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

Fifteen of the sixteen hottest years ever recorded have occurred during this new century, and the near-unanimous scientific consensus attributes the principal cause to human activity. The U.S. military’s latest National Security Strategy says that climate change is...
Are We Near the End of NATO?

Are We Near the End of NATO?

If the number of eager applicants on a waiting list determines the strength of a club, then the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is in fine fettle. At its most recent gathering in July, NATO welcomed its 29th member — Montenegro — which means that the...
Russia’s DNC Hack is Just the Tip of the Tundra

Russia’s DNC Hack is Just the Tip of the Tundra

The email trove that WikiLeaks released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention has all the hallmarks of a dirty tricks campaign. The messages reveal, among other things, that the Democratic National Committee tried its best to tilt the electoral playing...
A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

Despite our frequent elections, the United States’ militarized foreign policy continues to wreak death, destruction, and dispossession on people and nations around the world. Any political revolution worthy of the name must seek to reverse that reality. In order to...
The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way of demonstrating the host’s status: the more...
World Military Spending: Trends and Implications

World Military Spending: Trends and Implications

On the occasion of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute‘s launch of its new data on world military expenditures, experts will discuss their trends and implications. IPS research fellow and Director of the Peace Economy Transitions project, Miriam...