ARMS & SECURITY PROGRAM

The Arms and Security Program engages in media outreach and public education aimed at promoting reforms in U.S. policies on nuclear weapons, military spending and the arms trade. It seeks to advance the notion that diplomacy and international cooperation are the most effective tools for protecting the United States.

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TESTIMONY
May 12, 2021

Testimony of William D. Hartung

William D. Hartung

Hearing on Waste, Fraud, Cost Overruns and Auditing at the Pentagon: Senate Budget Committee

Testimony of William D. Hartung
TESTIMONY
May 12, 2021

Testimony of William D. Hartung to the US Senate Budget Committee

William D. Hartung

Our William Hartung, Director of CIP's Arms and Security Program, recently testified at the Senate Hearing on Waste, Fraud, Cost Overruns and Auditing at the Pentagon. "I see four major types of waste in the Pentagon budget, starting with the big picture and moving down into specific examples. The four areas include misguided strategy; purchasing ineffective weapons systems that don’t serve our strategic interests; overpaying for basic items; and maintaining excess overhead." Read his full testimony here.

Testimony of William D. Hartung to the US Senate Budget Committee
ISSUE BRIEF
May 4, 2021

Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020

by William D. Hartung and Leila Riazi

On April 9th, the Biden administration announced a proposal for Pentagon spending and related nuclear weapons work at the Department of Energy in excess of $750 billion – three-quarters of a trillion dollars ... These enormous sums for the Pentagon are often justified as necessary to meet the needs
of military personnel, but in fact, roughly half of the Pentagon’s budget is spent on corporations

Executive Excess: CEO Compensation in the Arms Industry, 2020

LATEST NEWS

July 21, 2021

If Biden can’t stand up to Saudi Arabia, then Congress should

William Hartung

Given the ongoing suffering caused by the war, Yemen can’t wait any longer for immediate, forceful U.S. action to end the war. If the Biden administration won’t act promptly, Congress should.

July 20, 2021

China's role in promoting peace hailed

William Hartung quoted

"Cooperation with China on issues like climate change and preventing pandemics should take precedence over spinning out war scenarios or preparing for a military confrontation. The overwhelming emphasis on Beijing as the ultimate threat to the United States is misguided and is more likely to undermine US security than it is to enhance it."

July 20, 2021

U.S. Far Outpaces China in Military Spending

William Hartung

"The best approach for assuring U.S. and global security is for the U.S. and China is to cooperate on urgent challenges like curbing climate change. America should nurture its own domestic economy, infrastructure, and technology base—not necessarily as a “competition” with China, but because it is valuable in its own right."

June 24, 2021

NYT Letter: End Military Aid to Saudi Arabia

William Hartung

Given Saudi Arabia’s central role in airstrikes and a blockade that have led to the deaths of more than a quarter of a million people in Yemen, its continuing internal repression, and the need to hold it accountable for the Khashoggi murder, it’s time to end all U.S. military support to that regime as leverage to get it to end its unconscionable and unacceptable conduct, both internally and in the broader Middle East.

EXPERTS

William Hartung

Director, Arms & Security Program
William Hartung
  • Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University

  • Amy Belasco, former Specialist for the Defense Budget of the Congressional Research Service

  • Neta Crawford, Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Boston University

  • Matt Fay, former Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Niskanen Center

  • Ben Friedman, Senior Fellow and Defense Scholar at Defense Priorities

  • Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick, Host of Things That Go Boom

  • John King, Founder, King and Brown Company LLC

  • Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

  • Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Miriam Pemberton, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Mandy Smithberger, Director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight

  • Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, William & Mary

  • Col. Isaiah "Ike" Wilson (Ret.), director, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College​

  • CIP Senior Associate Carl Conetta was a consultant to the project

ABOUT

Arms & Security Program

The Arms and Security Program engages in media outreach and public education aimed at promoting reforms in U.S. policies on nuclear weapons, military spending and the arms trade. It seeks to advance the notion that diplomacy and international cooperation are the most effective tools for protecting the United States. The use of military force is largely irrelevant in addressing the greatest dangers we face, from terrorism, to nuclear proliferation, to epidemics of disease, to climate change, to inequities of wealth and income. The allocation of budgetary resources needs to be changed to reflect this reality.

Program goals include:

  • Restructuring the Pentagon budget to address 21st century challenges, with a goal of reducing it to levels needed for defense while eliminating wasteful or ill-advised programs.

  • Playing a central role in efforts to accelerate reductions in nuclear arsenals and increase spending on programs designed to prevent nuclear weapons and bomb-making materials from getting into the hands of terrorists.

  • Sparking a dialogue on the implications of the U.S. role as the world’s number one arms exporting nation.