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Defense spending news and analysis from The Nation
September 12, 2017
The ‘World’s Greatest Military’ Is Indeed Great—at Defeating Itself
American forces seek to dominate everywhere, but they win decisively nowhere.
William J. Astore
August 11, 2017
The Pentagon Has a Small Coup Problem
The Department of Defense has trained more than a hundred foreign militaries that went on to stage coups in their home countries.
July 25, 2017
A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill
This from a president who promised new efficiencies in government.
William D. Hartung
July 20, 2017
Paul Ryan Hands Donald Trump a Blank Check for Endless War
The Speaker and his allies block Barbara Lee’s drive to check presidential war making.
May 2, 2017
The Military Now Runs US Foreign Policy
And as Trump’s recent turnabout shows, the establishment will brook no dissent from the reigning orthodoxy.
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April 28, 2017
It’s Groundhog Day in Washington, With Trump Peddling the Same Old Reaganite Snake Oil
Tax cuts for the wealthy didn’t increase government revenue then, and they’re not going to now. It’s mourning again in America.
April 12, 2017
Building a New Movement Against Militarism
As Martin Luther King Jr. noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.
March 30, 2017
Donald Trump Is Focused on the Wrong National-Security Threat
There are actual dangers to Americans in 2017—but the president’s plans address none of them.
February 2, 2017
Trump’s Military Ambitions Could Be Bad News for the Infrastructure He Promised to Improve
Proposed hikes in Pentagon spending wouldn’t just be a foreign-policy blunder—they would also accelerate inequality at home.
William D. Hartung
December 21, 2016
The Alliance for Prosperity Will Intensify the Central American Refugee Crisis
Conceived without the participation of civil-society groups, the chief goal is to advance elite US and Northern Triangle business interests.