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Ben Freeman is the director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy.
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Analysis: Would a $700 Billion Budget Really Sink the Pentagon?

December 6, 2018 The debate over the size of the Trump administration’s Pentagon spending proposal for 2020 is already well under way, and as too often happens, no one can even agree on how to interpret the numbers involved, much less whether it makes sense strategically to spend more than $700 billion per...

Would a $700 Billion Budget Really Sink the Pentagon?

December 5, 2018 The debate over the size of the Trump administration’s Pentagon spending proposal for 2020 is already well under way, and as too often happens, no one can even agree on how to interpret the numbers involved, much less whether it makes sense strategically to spend more than $700 billion per...

Putting the Pentagon's Pennies in Perspective

February 17, 2018 Just three days after the President signed the the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 , granting the Pentagon near-historically high levels of funding, defense hawks were bemoaning Monday’s release of the President’s proposed $686 billion fiscal year 2019 Defense budget . Just a “modest year-on-year increase,” they say , because...

How Budget Battles Undermine National Security

October 21, 2015 As Congress struggled to craft a budget late last month, Adm. Michael Rogers explained to the Senate Intelligence Committee just how a government shutdown would hurt national security. The NSA director’s testimony led Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, to bemoan political dysfunction: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”...

‘Back to the Future’ Foreign Policy

April 9, 2014 The 1980s are all the rage once again—from neon clothes to Robocop and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Even America’s 1980s foreign policy is back in fashion amongst Neo-Cold Warriors longing to return to the Reagan era. President Barack Obama quipped to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election that, “The...

Three Myths About the Defense Budget

March 14, 2014 The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget request has been savaged by Republicans and even some Democrats. Critics argue it’s “a skeleton defense budget,” that will “dramatically reduce the size of the Army to pre-World War II levels,” and all of this “will embolden America’s foes to take aggressive acts.” All...