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In fiscal year 2015, Pentagon and related spending will total $598 billion, accounting for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending. That's roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.

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15 Years After Hurricane Katrina, It's Time to Demilitarize Disaster Relief

Lorah Steichen |

Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, it remains a cautionary tale for how distorted budget priorities can result in militaristic, rather than humanitarian, disaster response.

Small Towns Don't Need Military Helicopters

Guest Blogger |

A little-known federal program dumps military equipment on local police forces. We need to end it.

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Recent Publications

Ten Better Uses for 10% of the Pentagon Budget

Lindsay Koshgarian

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

Lindsay Koshgarian

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. 

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