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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.

Blog Posts

9/11 at 20: Two Decades of Missed Opportunities

Lindsay Koshgarian |

For just a fraction of what we’ve spent on militarization these last 20 years, we could start to make life much better.

A Just Transition For Defense Industries? Lessons from Fossil Fuel Transitions

Shea Leibow |

Plans for a Just Transition away from defense industries do not need to be pulled out of thin air. The ongoing efforts to transition economies, workers, and communities out of the harmful fossil fuel economy provides insights into what works and what doesn’t. 

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Recent Publications

State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11

Ashik Siddique

Over 20 years, the U.S. has spent more than $21 trillion on militarization, surveillance, and repression — all in the name of security. These investments have shown us that the U.S. has the capacity and political will to invest in our biggest priorities. 

National Priorities Project Commends Senate Rejection of $50 Billion Pentagon Grab

Lindsay Koshgarian

August 10 - Today the Senate rejected an amendment to the budget resolution to add $50 billion to the Pentagon budget, 46-53. The National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies issued the following statement.

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