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October 21, 2021

The Biden Administration Is Building Back to the Brink of a New Cold War

William Hartung quoted

Contrary to what many have been led to believe, China is not a military challenge to the United States. “The true challenges from China are political and economic, not military,” Pentagon expert William Hartung has rightly explained.

October 19, 2021

What Buying the Support of Top Think Tanks Gets You

By Taylor Giorno

With nearly $2 trillion for nuclear modernization on the table over the next three decades, it’s no surprise major nuclear weapons contractors are doing everything in their power to capture these coveted, costly projects. Capitol Hill is no stranger to the revolving door of lobbyists that funnel in and out of its hallowed halls.

October 15, 2021

The Pentagon’s China Syndrome

William Hartung quoted

“Exaggerated estimates of the military challenges posed by China have become the new rationale of choice in arguments for keeping the Pentagon budget at historically high levels,” arms expert William Hartung wrote in a September report.

October 12, 2021

'Profiteers of Armageddon': Report Reveals Who Benefits From US 'Nuclear Modernization' Plan

William Hartung cited

Hartung details how the U.S. departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) are ramping up a plan to build the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, missiles, and submarines as well as warheads, and the beneficiaries are major contractors along with operators of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) nuclear weapons complex.

October 11, 2021

Does DoD need such a big budget? CBO report finds alternatives to high defense spending

William Hartung quoted

“The CBO was able to find multiple pathways to saving $1 trillion over ten years even under the current overly muscular National Defense Strategy developed during the Trump administration, which relies on military force to the detriment of other more effective solutions,” William Hartung said.

October 8, 2021

New CBO report: DOD can cut budget by $1 trillion without changing US strategy

By William Hartung

The new CBO report marks a refreshing departure from the cries for more Pentagon spending emanating from Capitol Hill, and lays out practical steps for achieving real reductions in military outlays. It should mark the beginning of a debate over how much to reduce the Pentagon budget, not whether to do so.

October 20, 2021

Do We Really Care for Afghanistan’s Future?

William Hartung quoted

As William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy, pointed out: most disturbingly, a congressional investigation found that a significant portion of $2 billion worth of transportation contracts issued to US and Afghan firms ended up as kickbacks to warlords and police officials or as payments to the Taliban to allow large convoys of trucks to pass through areas they controlled, sometimes as much as $1,500 per truck, or up to half a million dollars for each 300-truck convoy. In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “one of the major sources of funding for the Taliban is the protection money” paid from just such transportation contracts.

October 16, 2021

To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles—Eliminate Them

William Hartung quoted

In a report issued this year by the Center for International Policy, nuclear weapons expert William Hartung gives readers a detailed look “Inside the ICBM Lobby,” showing how ICBM contractors get their way while throwing millions of dollars at politicians and deploying battalions of lobbyists on Capitol Hill.

October 12, 2021

Profiteers of Armageddon: Explaining the money behind the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons buildup.

William Hartung summarized

The Pentagon and the Department of Energy (DOE) are ramping up a three-decades long plan worth up to $2 trillion to build a new generation of nuclear weapons.

October 11, 2021

Three Years After His Murder, the Biden Administration Should Do More to Bring Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

By William Hartung

This month marks the third anniversary of the murder of U.S.-resident Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi. It’s long past time to hold those responsible for his assassination accountable, and to stand up for other victims of Saudi crimes.

October 11, 2021

Does DoD need such a big budget? CBO report finds alternatives to high defense spending

William Hartung quoted

“The CBO was able to find multiple pathways to saving $1 trillion over ten years even under the current overly muscular National Defense Strategy developed during the Trump administration, which relies on military force to the detriment of other more effective solutions.”

October 8, 2021

The D Brief: What would a “substantially smaller” U.S. defense budget look like?

William Hartung quoted

“At a time when Congress is seeking to add $24 billion to a Pentagon budget proposal that far exceeds spending at the peak of the Korean or Vietnam wars, the CBO analysis offers an opportunity to step back and take a closer look at how much is actually necessary to protect the U.S. and its allies,” Hartung continued.