Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


The F-35: The Pentagon’s Most Expensive Weapon Can’t Even Fly

The Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system in history, the infamous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, was recently grounded. 


Give Peace a Chance: What the Federal Budget Tells Us About the U.S. Response to ISIS and Iraq

How will the United States choose to respond to instability in Iraq, where ISIS is at the center of renewed conflict?


What’s More Patriotic – Investing at Home or Overseas?

With Independence Day this week, Americans are celebrating all the things that make our country great. A patriotic mindset begs the question of how our involvement in conflicts overseas – like responding to crisis in Iraq – defines our country’s priorities.


Localizable Federal Budget Data: What Does Your Community Spend on Education, the Iraq War, Foreign Aid, and the Debt?

What’s the cost of the Iraq war to taxpayers in your town? If you could reallocate those tax dollars, what would you buy instead? NPP's easy-to-use, localizable federal budget data can answer these questions and many more.


NPP Hits the Road to Move the Money from the Pentagon to Domestic Programs

 In 12 short weeks, NPP and Peace Action has visited 4 states and reached more than 60 participants with our groundbreaking "Move the Money" trainings, encouraging local communities to engage in the federal budget process, learn about current spending priorities, and develop strategies for how to change them.


We can't afford to spend more money on war in Iraq

Over the past decade, American taxpayers have sunk more than $816 billion into funding the war in Iraq. 


NPP's Work: Spotlight on Military Spending

We recently re-launched a major portion of our website, organizing our federal budget research content into eight issue areas. This week, we bring you key highlights on military and security spending.


Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

It's that time of year. Taxes are due on April 15. But where do our tax dollars actually go?  Here's the answer.


The President's Budget in Pictures

Today we released The President's 2015 Budget in Pictures, a series of colorful charts telling the story of the priorities in the president's budget.


The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War, Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More

How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More