William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.
War and Foreign Policy
America's "defense" budget is really more than $1.2 trillion, more than double the Pentagon's official "base budget," once we include all the other related spending like that on "homeland security" and veterans affairs.
Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy
Trump has proposed the "Space Force" as a brand new and costly military branch and bureaucracy. The reaction to his plan helps illustrate the complexity of military politics in Washington.
Donald Trump's crusade against Iran is being helped along by his love affair with the Saudi Regime — and its army of lobbyists.
Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismWar and Foreign Policy
America's subsidized arms industry also benefits greatly from presidential efforts to push international arms deals with foreign regimes.
In explaining the flood of funding headed toward weapons contractors, one defense analyst noted that “diplomacy is out; air strikes are in."