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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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Trump Is Trying to Ride the Pentagon Gravy Train to Reelection

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog03/02/2020

Trump is spinning a narrative in which ever larger government budgets—and ever larger piles of deficit spending—create jobs and make America "safe."

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America’s Arms Sales Addiction

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog12/06/2019

Despite its supposedly strained relationship with the Saudi regime, the Obama administration, for example, still managed to offer the royals of that kingdom a record $136 billion in US weapons between 2009 and 2017.

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Beware of Defense Secretaries Pledging Reform

War and Foreign Policy

For the Pentagon, happy days are here again. With a budget of more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come.

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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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