The military’s perverse obsession with preserving inter-military relationships at all costs has turned what the military construes as a source of leverage into a glaring liability. Leaning on these relations may be the only way to prevent U.S. allies from undermining Sudan’s uprising.
The DOD’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget justification for security cooperation actively undermines transparency. It’s a symptom - and a function - of the broader culture of unaccountability perpetuated by the pursuit of ‘national security.’
Defense manufacturing may bolster force projection abroad, but it does little to support domestic workers. Despite the Pentagon’s claims of blue collar jobs-creation, defense spending produces fewer jobs than almost any form of federal spending.
The push to unseat Blue Dog Democrats must not neglect foreign policy. Henry Cuellar’s track record shows just how an international critique reveals the shortcomings of policies supported by reactionary Democrats.
The Brookings Institution proposes measures to redress Trump’s “egregious decision” to withdraw American troops from Syria. Their recommendations reveal exactly why the same national security establishment that mired the U.S. in the Syria conflict is fundamentally ill-equipped to bring that involvement to an end.
New data from Brown University’s Costs of War project sheds light on the never-ending war on terror.that has led to 17 uninterrupted years of conflict, $5.9 trillion in war-fighting costs, drone strikes targeting terror suspects on three continents, and terror-related military operations in 80 sovereign nations.
The left’s grassroots organizing may be the most consequential untapped force for setting U.S. foreign policy right. Ironically, the best way the left can undo the damage of the arms industry’s malign lobbying strategy may be to copy it.
Congress hasn’t funded a war since Vietnam, and working-class Americans are footing the bill. Only by ignoring the genuine insecurities Americans face every day can the national security establishment promote increasing military budgets to confront the threat of threats. A November report by the National Defense Strategy Commission shows how it happens.
On New Year’s Eve, the United States Strategic Command tweeted a video — which Navy Captain Brook Dewalt later described as a reassuring message about U.S. military’s “#CombatReadyForce” — showing a B-2 bomber dropping “a pair of conventional Massive Ordnance Penetrators (MOP) at a test range.”
Reporters working the national security beat spill far more ink covering airstrikes and saber rattling public statements than the actual policies, economic conditions, and military practices that produce conflict.