Federal Budget Analysis: Military & Security

Ten Better Uses for 10% of the Pentagon Budget

Aug. 11, 2020

A $74 billion cut is a strong step toward better spending priorities, and could make a tremendous difference in other programs ranging from health care and education to job creation at a time when it is desperately needed.


A Local Resolution to End the Transfer of Military Equipment to Police

June 25, 2020

Since 1990, the Department of Defense has transfered more than $7 billion worth of military equipment to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies around the country through what is known as the 1033 Program. As part of the larger effort to defund the police, invest in communities and end structural racism, ending the 1033 program is an essential step to demilitarizing our communities and saving lives. 


The Militarized Budget 2020

June 22, 2020

In 2019, the U.S. "militarized" budget amounted to 64.5 percent of discretionary spending.


US Over-Investment in the Pentagon Left Us Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

June 15, 2020

Congress allocates hundreds of billions of dollars to the Pentagon and militarized policing and immigration systems in the name of security, while underinvesting in priorities like health care, medical research and poverty programs that could keep us safe during this crisis.


No Warming, No War: How Militarism Fuels the Climate Crisis—and Vice Versa

April 22, 2020

Climate change and militarism intersect in a variety of alarming ways: Recognizing that the impacts of climate change will dramatically increase instability around the globe, this paper examines the role of militarism in a climate-changed world. 

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Three Big Ideas for Reducing Military Spending

March 2, 2020

The time has come for an end to the United States ill-conceived wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the moment is ripe for a new peace dividend. Today’s threats are mostly non-military in nature: climate change, global economic inequality, and rising nationalism all do not have military solutions.


Fact Sheet: Defund Militarism in the United States

March 2, 2020

Militarism and violence are the hallmarks of U.S. policy at home and abroad. From war to mass incarceration and beyond, these policies amplify poverty, racism and environmental degradation. They can and must change.


President Trump's 2021 Budget Prioritizes the Pentagon

Feb. 10, 2020

President Trump released his fourth budget proposal today, and the priorities are crystal clear. Just four agencies rate spending increases in the Trump 2021 budget: the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Treasury Department. From Agriculture to Education, and from Commerce to State, every other federal agency would face cuts under the president’s proposal. Across the board, the Trump budget prioritizes brute force and military solutions over humanitarian and diplomatic ones.


A Unified Budget to Demilitarize America, At Home and Abroad

Jan. 7, 2020

NPP's Ashik Siddique addresses the Congressional Progressive Caucus Summit to explain how we could safely shift as much as $350 billion per year away from the Pentagon by ending the endless wars, closing 60% of foreign bases, cutting unnecessary weapons, and much more.


Five Ways Congress should invest $9.74 billion instead of Trump's immigration policy

Nov. 15, 2019

At least $9.74 billion of our tax dollars could be used to lift up our children and communities instead of tearing families apart.