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William D. Hartung

Director, Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a senior adviser to the Center’s Security Assistance Monitor. He is the author of the Monitor’s March 2018 report, “Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales 2017: A Comparison of the Obama and Trump Administrations.”
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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...

NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

July 17, 2018 President Trump’s dismissal of Russian interference in the 2016 election – choosing to believe Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies – has rightly sparked outrage and astonishment. But we shouldn’t let Trump’s disgraceful performance in Russia overshadow the other key issues raised by his recent trip. In...

Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

April 22, 2018 This week, the House Armed Services Committee chair, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-TX, announced a plan to cut the costs of the Pentagon bureaucracy by $25 billion. On the surface, it may sound like a courageous effort to impose fiscal discipline at the Pentagon and build a more efficient military. Upon...

Arms Sales Decisions Shouldn’t Be About Jobs

March 26, 2018 Last week, even as the Senate was debating whether to end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen, Donald Trump was meeting in the White House with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, engaging in one of his favorite activities – bragging about the U.S. jobs generated by...

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...

There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

May 22, 2017 Donald J. Trump may be unpredictable, but there is one common theme that runs throughout his presidency: a penchant for exaggerating his achievements. From his insistence that the crowd at his inauguration numbered over one million people to his claim to have rebuilt the military before his first budget was...

Congress Should Demand Wiser, Not More, War Spending

July 18, 2016 The heads of the armed services committees in the House and the Senate have called on President Obama to submit a supplemental budget request to cover the costs of deploying 560 additional troops to Iraq. The chairs, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have also pointed to...

Reform Pentagon Acquisition By Slowing Down the F-35

February 12, 2015 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ashton Carter, the incoming next defense secretary, agree on one thing – the need for acquisition reform at the Pentagon. They should start by looking at the F-35 program. McCain, in his opening remarks at Carter’s confirmation hearing last week, provided a litany of examples...

It’s Time to Sink the Littoral Combat Ship

August 25, 2014 It is more important than ever that the Department of Defense spend taxpayer money wisely as the United States economy struggles and the Pentagon budget comes down from its post-World War II peak. This is particularly true for the Navy, which many strategists see assuming an expanded role in protecting...