Trade-Offs Needed to Enhance U.S. Soft Power

Trade-Offs Needed to Enhance U.S. Soft Power

Retired Gen. David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon are correct that we should protect funding for the State Department and the Agency for International Development (“Fund — Don’t Cut — U.S. Soft Power” POLITICO, May 1) because doing...
How to Make our Embassies Safer

How to Make our Embassies Safer

The deaths of our diplomats in Benghazi turned the national spotlight where it doesn’t often go — to the security around our embassies and how much we spend on it. In the overheated atmosphere of the election endgame, Republican candidate Mitt Romney and...

The 800,000 Government Jobs Republicans Won’t Cut

Did you know there are more than 800,000 government officials with top-level clearance to combat terrorism? A friend of IPS went on MSNBC last week to sort out what that costs us during a time of massive deficits: The Ed Show‘s guest host Michael Eric Dyson...
New Economy Transformation: Obama Budget Won’t Help

New Economy Transformation: Obama Budget Won’t Help

The last decade’s surge in military spending has pushed military contracting deeper into the foundations of our economy. Reversing this process, and transferring the savings to support the green economy, are necessary components of the project to build the new...
Military Spending is the Weakest Job Creator

Military Spending is the Weakest Job Creator

Even before the supercommittee’s demise, the defense industry and its Pentagon and congressional allies were making preemptive strikes on the next phase: the automatic cuts, half of them from defense, that are supposed to follow the supercommittee’s...
Military Spending Belongs on the Table

Military Spending Belongs on the Table

The battle over the debt ceiling laid bare the need to cut the deficit while foreshadowing a fierce fight in Congress to make actual budget cuts. Both the “supercommittee,” a group of 12 Republicans and Democrats, and other congressional panels are working...
Panel: A Unified Security Budget for the United States

Panel: A Unified Security Budget for the United States

Please join keynote speaker Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, for a discussion of the Obama administration’s national security budget. Deputy Nides has been at the forefront of pushing for new, innovative budget measures...
Cut Deficit, Increase Militarization?

Cut Deficit, Increase Militarization?

The recent deficit deal includes potentially deep cuts in U.S. security spending. One likely but perhaps counterintuitive outcome would be staffing reductions in foreign development programs and in diplomatic missions. The deal will also hit the budgets of domestic...

Will Panetta Help the State Department?

Leon Panetta, the new Pentagon chief, got through his confirmation hearings the newfangled way: by revealing as little as possible about what he’d do in office. He tipped his hand a bit more last week by calling “completely unacceptable” the...

The End of the Sacred Cow

Over the last decade, military spending has nearly doubled — it now exceeds Cold War levels. Coupled with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, these massive expenditures have contributed to the crippling of our economy. Despite lip service from Washington...