When the Biden administration releases the details of its proposed budget Friday, one thing will be clear. At over $750 billion for spending on the Pentagon and related work like nuclear warhead development at the Department of Energy, the budget will be far in excess of what’s needed to defend the United States and its allies, especially at a time when the most urgent challenges we face, from pandemics to climate change, are not military in nature.
William Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex” (Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include “And Weapons for All” (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations.
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