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William D. Hartung

Director, Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy

William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, a senior adviser to the Center’s Security Assistance Monitor, and a co-director of the Center's Sustainable Defense Task Force. He is the author of the Monitor’s March 2018 report, “Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales 2017: A Comparison of the Obama and Trump Administrations.”

The New ICBM Is a Legacy System, And Should Be Cancelled

Antiquated strategic thinking must not be allowed to drain funding that could be put toward more pressing threats.


A $13 Billion Contract for ICBMs: What’s the Rush?

The deal needs closer scrutiny — as does the purported need for new long-range ballistic missiles at all.


Congress Needs a Veto, Not a Notification, on Arms Sales

The Trump administration’s efforts to evade oversight show why more is needed.


Time to Rethink Security Aid to Egypt

More than $40 billion over three decades has bought only dubious benefits to U.S. security.


Overspending on the Pentagon Won’t Make Us Safer

We spend far more on the military than the countries we most fear, while shorting the things that would actually help us compete.


America’s Military Is Misdirected, Not Underfunded

U.S. strategy should be more focused on preventing conflict with nuclear-armed China than on spinning out elaborate war-fighting scenarios.


Does America Need a Space Force?

A new service branch would put more bureaucracy between critical capabilities and the troops who need them.


Who Needs ICBMs?

Spend the money on the other two legs of the nuclear triad, and improve global stability and U.S. security.


Would a $700 Billion Budget Really Sink the Pentagon?

Resistance is already forming to a proposed decrease in 2020 spending. It’s important to understand just what that decrease means.


NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

The alliance’s security issues can’t be fixed by a traditional military buildup.


Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

It's pitched as a way to cut waste — but would make the misallocation of our tax dollars more likely.


Arms Sales Decisions Shouldn’t Be About Jobs

Basic foreign policy principles should drive potential weapons exports, not pork-barrel politics.


Putting the Pentagon's Pennies in Perspective

$80 billion is a lot of money. And that's just the "modest" increase on this year's defense budget.


There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

It takes a lot of existing offers and future promises to add up to $110 billion.


Congress Should Demand Wiser, Not More, War Spending

There’s too much slush in the supplemental, as shown by the fourfold jump in spending per deployed servicemember.


Reform Pentagon Acquisition By Slowing Down the F-35

John McCain and Ash Carter want real acquisition reform? Great, they can start by slowing – or stopping – the F-35.


It’s Time to Sink the Littoral Combat Ship

Things that seem too good to be true usually are, and so it is with the LCS. By Jacob Marx and William D. Hartung


Playing the Defense Jobs Card Isn’t Working Anymore

By our count, there are half the F-35 jobs as Lockheed claims. Using defense jobs to fight budget cuts isn’t working like it used to, for good reason. By William D. Hartung