• Our Man From Boeing

    by Mandy Smithberger and William D. Hartung

    Has the Arms Industry Captured Trump’s Pentagon?

  • The Urge to Splurge

    by William D. Hartung

    Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?

  • Did the Pentagon Learn from Vietnam?

    by Christopher A. Lawrence

    Vietnam was the bloodiest guerrilla war in modern history, and when it ended the United States military never really conducted any significant studies of the failed war.

  • The Tragedy of the American Military

    by James Fallows

    " [The] reverent but disengaged attitude toward the military—we love the troops, but we’d rather not think about them—has become so familiar that we assume it is the American norm. But it is not."

  • Pentagon Newspeak

    by Stanley Kutler

    The Pentagon has hijacked the history of the Vietnam War.

  • Arms: That’s Where the Money Goes

    by Lawrence S. Wittner

    F-35B dropping a bomb during testing in 2012. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force.According to a report just released by the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military expenditures in 2012 totaled $1.75 trillion. The report revealed that, as in recent decades, the world’s biggest military spender by far was the U.S. government, whose expenditures for war and preparations for war amounted to $682 billion -- 39 percent of the global total. The United States spent more than four times as much on the military as China (the number two big spender) and more than seven times as much as Russia (which ranked third). Although the military expenditures of the United States dipped a bit in 2012, largely thanks to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, they remained 69 percent higher than in 2001.