William Hartung

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.
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, March 13, 2015 - 08:24
Security assistance – the arming and training of foreign military and police forces – is a crucial tool of U.S. foreign policy. The goal of this type of assistance is to foster stability, bolster allies, and promote human rights and good governance. Done well, these programs can make all of us safer by preventing or reducing armed conflict. Done poorly, they can be used to undermine human rights, fuel conflict, and enable corruption on the part of recipient governments.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 07:17
U.S. military aid programs perform poorly far too often, and they are growing rapidly without adequate congressional or public scrutiny. There is no publicly accessible, comprehensive government reporting on how many programs the United States has that are designed to train and equip foreign militaries, how much they cost, or how many countries and organizations receive this assistance.
Monday, January 27, 2014 - 06:13

In the past few years, with little media attention or Congressional debate, the United States has engaged in record levels of weapons exports, many of them to the conflict-ridden Middle East and Persian Gulf region.  U.S. arms sales agreements topped $60 billion last year, and in 2011, the last year for which full global statistics are available, U.S.