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...
Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

There’s a lot of misdirection going on these days. Anybody whose head hasn’t been spinning over the last couple of weeks has probably been in a nice news blackout somewhere. We’ll all need some strategies if we’re going to stay sane. One is making sure that in the...
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...
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...
Donald Trump is Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot

Donald Trump is Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot

He wants to cut back on U.S. military commitments overseas. He calls the Iraq War “one of the worst decisions ever made in the history of our country.” He promises to make deals with America’s adversaries. He’s comfortable with the détente with Cuba. And he really...
The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy

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

The Obama administration’s budget proposal for 2017 would jack up military spending higher than it’s been since World War II.  The Republican leadership in Congress wants to jack it up higher than that.  Fortunately these aren’t our only choices.  The Congressional...
6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War

6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War

The Pentagon budget the Obama administration unveiled this week calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia. The money would move more troops, tanks, and artillery into position near the Russia border. This last Obama budget would also fund another...
The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

Here’s a quiz: Your boss gives you a budget. You ignore it and ask for more money than anyone in your position has ever spent. How long would you expect to keep your job? That’s basically the scenario that played out with the Obama administration’s recent budget...
Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

The new champions of the Affordable Care Act are — so the Washington Post’s Business section reported last weekend — defense contractors? As their diet of military contracts gets leaner, the major feeders have been fattening up on new work helping to implement health...
It’s Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

It’s Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

Continuing tensions in Ukraine, an expanding war in Iraq and Syria, and record stock prices for major firms like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all seem to indicate happy days on the way for companies and communities that depend on Pentagon spending.  At first...