William Hartung

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 06:58
SAM's fact sheet on congressional notifications for U.S. firearms exports was cited in this piece that details the major critiques of the Trump Administration's proposed firearms export rule.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 13:54

A report released today by the Security Assistance Monitor program of the Center for International Policy documents over $80 billion in U.S. arms sales notifications to Congress during the Trump Administration’s first year in office. The Trump Administration total of $82.2 billion for 2017 slightly exceeded the Obama Administration’s total of $76.5 billion for 2016, and was more than $20 billion less than the peak year of the Obama Administration’s major arms sales offers in 2010.

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
There’s too much slush in the supplemental, as shown by the fourfold jump in spending per deployed servicemember.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It’s good for one or two stories a year in the mainstream media, usually when the annual statistics on the state of the business come out.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 07:21
The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year -- more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 06:33
The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the evolution of the current generation of Mideast wars.
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 06:35
The recent surge in U.S. arms transfers to the Middle East is part of an unprecedented boom in major U.S. arms sales that has been presided over by the Obama administration.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 07:05
“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:01
The administration should think twice before upping aid to the Nigerian military. Its record of corruption and systematic human rights violations suggests that any such aid will be useless at best, if not completely counterproductive. Intensive training of the Nigerian military has done little to change this pattern of behavior.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 07:21
The United States has dramatically increased arms transfers to Mexico in support of the Mexican government’s ill-fated and counterproductive war on the drug cartels.

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