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May 6, 2021

Activist confronts defense industry CEO for company’s role in war crimes

Center for International Policy mentioned

William Hartung's Issue Brief "Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020" is cited in this article.

May 5, 2021

Execs at Top Pentagon Contractors Raked in $276.5 Million Last Year, Analysis Finds

William Hartung quoted

"Congress and the administration should take a closer look at these costs," says report lead author William D. Hartung, "with an eye towards reducing them and freeing up funds for other needed purposes."

May 5, 2021

Defense CEO fat cat salaries defy COVID crisis

William Harting quoted

According to a new report by the Center for International Policy, aptly entitled, “Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020,” authors William Hartung and Leila Riazi detail the enormous sums of money paid to just a handful of individuals each year in an industry notorious for its over-reliance on the federal trough. In 2020, the CEOs of the Top 5 — Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Boeing — made more than $150 million. When expanded to other top company officers required to disclose their earnings, that number goes up to an astonishing $276 million.

May 4, 2021

The Rise of Restraint Is Shaking Up Washington

Ben Freeman quoted

Policy research is not free, and the world of nonprofit think tanks that help generate them is in fact a billion-plus dollar industry. “The theory is that think tanks serve as a kind of middle ground between academia and public policy,” said Ben Freeman, who studies think tank funding at the Center for International Policy, itself a think tank. “It’s like the ivory tower for policy nerds—so many great nerd worlds coming together.”

May 3, 2021

Arms Control TODAY The monthly journal on nonproliferation and global security.

William Hartung

Support for a new ICBM is tied closely to the money to be made developing, building, deploying and maintaining it. Yet the American public would eliminate the weapon altogether, a recent poll shows.

April 29, 2021

Asking and Analyzing Questions Others Won’t: Support Antiwar.com in Forever War Year 20

by Danny Sjursen

"Antiwar.com is pumping out originals on subjects scantly covered, and hardly understood, by even the policymakers themselves. As scary as that factoid is, Antiwar.com’s public contribution is therefore equally as crucial."

May 6, 2021

Military-Industrial Complex Exerts Powerful Influence on Biden’s Foreign Policy

William Hartung cited

William Hartung's article in the Nation cited on "the role of major defense contractors, such as Raytheon, United Technologies and Lockheed-Martin, in lobbying Congress."

May 5, 2021

Gordon Dimmack Podcast Episode #23

Danny Sjursen

Check out my latest intense, wide-ranging, but fun chat with British journalist&podcaster Gordon Dimmack. We talk polite Dem-imperialists, the media's duty-dereliction, Afghanistan, all things Africa, Britain's unspoken new troop mission to Mali, American exceptionalist "vampires" who can't see their own reflection&so much more!

May 5, 2021

ANALYSIS-Unlike Trump, Biden arms export policy strikes balance on human rights, economics

William Hartung quoted

On average, foreign military sales under Trump amounted to $57.5 billion per year, versus an average of $53.9 billion per year for the eight years under his predecessor Barack Obama, in 2020 dollars, according to Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy think tank.

May 4, 2021

States step in as Congress fails to fight foreign influence

Brian Steiner

Ultimately, however, the real onus must be on Capitol Hill. A state-by-state, “whack-a-mole” approach leaves too many loopholes for malign actors to jump through. Instead, federal lawmakers need to take charge, turning state lawmakers’ good intentions into momentum for a bipartisan push to modernize FARA and combat harmful foreign influence.

May 3, 2021

Justice ramps up Giuliani probe

Ben Freeman quoted

Ben Freeman, the director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, thinks that Giuliani may be more exposed to potential liability than he claims because of how broad the language is in the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which governs the disclosure of work within the U.S. on behalf of foreign principals.

April 29, 2021

Campaigners condemn US ranking in global military spending

Center for International Policy mentioned

"Once again, the United States has topped one of the world's most infamous rankings lists - military spenders. In 2020, the United States' spending on the military and nuclear weapons made up 39% of the global total, according to an annual report released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. (America spends more on weapons than the next 12 countries combined). This is the third year in a row that the United States' spending has increased.

As 38 organizations that work in the United States, we are continually disappointed by the members of Congress and presidents that choose to purchase weapons and wage warfare at the expense of our communities and our children's futures."