Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


Spending More on the Military Means Lining the Pockets of Top Defense Industry Executives

Under the Trump administration, the military-industrial revolving door has only spun faster, as more private sector executives make the jump to the public sector with little government or military experience. But the influence-peddling of the defense industry isn't new, and it's hardly partisan.


Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools


At a time of a global crises, the United States is weaponizing its humanitarian aid

Humanitarian aid is the form of foreign spending that we need to prioritize for a safer future, instead of ever-flowing military aid. But the US is weaponizing it.


Need Money for a Green New Deal? Get it from ICE.

With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes.


Ten Better Uses for Ten Percent of the Pentagon Budget

With military spending at historically high levels, and with additional increases under President Trump, a 10% cut is an overdue correction to the bloated Pentagon budget. Here's how we could spend that $74 billion instead.


Would the U.S. have COVID under control if we hadn’t overinvested in the Pentagon?

It is tragically impossible to revert time to save a hundred thousand people from death, yet it is still possible for all of us to support and help kickstart the transformation of the U.S. federal budget to a just and equitable one.


Cut the Pentagon 10 percent, invest in public health

Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.


The ‘Camo Economy’ Hides Military Costs and Exacerbates Inequality

Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin exploit their political connections to maintain a system that generates huge corporate profits and executive pay at taxpayer expense.


How $9.3 Billion Funds Coronavirus Outbreaks in Federal Prisons

Mass incarceration is leading to some of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the United States.


Defund the Police, Defund Militarization

U.S. budgets are characterized by a prioritization of militarization over human life and needs. It's time to defund.