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William D. Hartung

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.

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America's Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think

War and Foreign Policy

Blog05/13/2019

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.

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Trump’s Space Force

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog10/08/2018

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.

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How the Saudis Took Donald Trump for a Ride

Donald Trump's crusade against Iran is being helped along by his love affair with the Saudi Regime — and its army of lobbyists.

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Donald Trump and the Art of the Arms Deal

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismWar and Foreign Policy

Blog04/17/2018

America's subsidized arms industry also benefits greatly from presidential efforts to push international arms deals with foreign regimes. 

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How the Pentagon Devours the Budget

War and Foreign Policy

Blog03/05/2018

In explaining the flood of funding headed toward weapons contractors, one defense analyst noted that “diplomacy is out; air strikes are in."

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