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Is Lockheed Martin too big to fail?

(HTML version) by Leigh Munsil and Austin Wright, Politico, 12 August 2015. “I have never known a congressperson who will oppose federal spending that provides many jobs in their district,” said Chares Knight of the Project on Defense Alternatives, a Washington think tank focused on defense reform. “What makes compelling political sense for the individual member of Congress often ends up in distorting federal spending priorities. As Lockheed Martin becomes even more dominant in the defense sector it becomes more likely that defense spending choices will be distorted by the particular business interest of this one giant corporation.”
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Nuevas amenazas a nivel mundial llevan a Obama a pedir mas fondos para el Pentagon

(PDF version) by Nicolas Garcia a de Val, El Mercurio, 03 February 2015. “‘En lugar de seguir gastando gran parte de su limitado presupuesto en equipo y armas, el Pentagono deberia reducir el tamano de sus Fuerzas Armadas y destinar un mayor porcentaje de las tropas a la reserva’, dijo a este diario Charles Knight, experto del Center for International Policy.”
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Friendship City Project builds peace one piece at a time

(HTML version) by Dave Anderson, Boulder Weekly, 06 November 2014. “[Conetta] concludes that while there has been a decline in support for military intervention, ‘polls continue to show majority public support for U.S. global engagement and for a U.S. global role comparable to that of other major powers. Public dissent has focused narrowly on America’s recent wars and on the notion that the United States should assume a uniquely assertive or ‘top’ global role.'”
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Carl Conetta on ‘Isolationism’ and US Public

(audio) CounterSpin, 24 October 2014.
Polls show pretty clearly that the public isn’t enthusiastic about getting involved in more wars. To many elites, this is dangerous isolationism and a retreat from America’s rightful position as a superpower. Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives has taken a deep look at public opinion, and CounterSpin talked with him about the problems with elite rhetoric about isolationism.
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Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise

(HTML version) by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, 15 October 2014. “…even if the defence budget does indeed increase over the next few years, it should not be taken as a popular mandate for military activism, particularly for protracted military commitments of large numbers of ground troops given the persistent public disillusionment with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Conetta.”
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U.S. Public Feeling More Multilateral Than Isolationist

(HTML version) by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, 24 April 2014.  “Amidst a roiling and mostly partisan debate over Washington’s global role, a survey released here Thursday suggests that President Barack Obama’s preference for relative restraint and multilateral – over unilateral – action very much reflects the mood of the voting public.”
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A Reality-Based Army

(HTML version) by Michael Cohen, Democracy Journal, Summer 2014.
“Military leaders always have a rational interest in more capability in order to reduce risk by increasing options and flexibility. That interest is, however, a narrow professional interest and is therefore one very important reason that the question of ‘how much is enough’ must not be decided by the military. Civilian leaders have to take responsibility for that decision.”
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Cartwright saga part of wider Iran debate

(HTML version) by Phillip Ewing, Politico Pro, 28 June 2013. 
“The GOP had attempted to make hay over the ‘failure’ of the administration’s Iran policy,” said Carl Conetta, director of the Project on Defense Alternatives. “Throughout the year, others, too, had suggested that the administration’s policy was not effectively curbing Iran. Iran was a central issue at the G-8 summit, and Congress took independent action to strengthen sanctions. In this context, a leak to The New York Times on Stuxnet might assuage concerns within the Democratic coalition about the administration’s handling of Iran.”  But Conetta cautioned against connecting dots and forming the wrong picture: “The fact that I or you or anyone can find a plausible rationale for Cartwright (or someone else) to leak such information doesn’t make it true — just more plausible.”
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New U.S. defense budget means more financial uncertainty for Pentagon

(HTML version) by David Alexander, Reuters, 09 April 2013. “It’s a very irresponsible thing,” said Charles Knight, a senior fellow at the liberal think tank Project on Defense Alternatives. “Both Congress and the White House are in denial about the law of the land, which is the Budget Control Act. It’s now in effect and they’re acting as though it doesn’t exist.”
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Hagel: Pentagon Prepared to Make ‘Big Choices’ to Reduce Spending

(HTML version) by Sandra I. Erwin, National Defense Magazine, 03 April 2013.
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Furloughs may become way of life at Pentagon

(HTML version) by Jeremy Herb, The Hill, 31 March 2013.
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A Growing Consensus for Shrinking the Defense Budget?

(HTML version) by Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, 26 March 2013. “…visions for the new era in American defense strategy ranged from further troop reductions to narrower overseas missions to abolishing the Marine Corps.”
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Top Pentagon thinker bemoans “civilian subjugation to the military.”

(HTML version) by Bryan Bender, Boston Globe, 26 March 2013. “…a national security establishment, in [Gregory] Foster’s view, that perpetuates an approach to the world that is overly confrontational, lacks critical thinking about long term objectives, and even undercuts the strategic aims of democracy.”
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Funding the military of the future

(HTML version) by Amber Corrin, FCW, 26 March 2013. “Conetta said that reasonable alternatives to today’s military could be based on a different approach – one that helps sustain the economy and receives no more than 2.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product; emphasizes defense over global environment-shaping; and focuses on multi-lateral cooperation.”
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The Media and Recent Wars — Innverview: Carl Conetta

(video) thevisionmachine, 12 March 2013.
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PDA Joins Center for International Policy

30 January 2013.  The Project on Defense Alternatives has joined the Center for International Policy (press release) as part of the latter’s Common Defense Campaign. The Center’s staff supports an energetic program addressing both traditional and new security concerns. CIP’s Common Defense Campaign aims for a reset of defense policy along more realistic, cooperative, and affordable lines.

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Hagel should trim military

(HTML version) by Christopher Preble, Orange County Register, 14 January 2013.
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Key Appointments in Obama’s Second-Term Cabinet

(HTML version) by Shar Adams, Epoch Times, 11 January 2013.
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Reasonable Defense Cuts Possible

(HTML version) Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Blog, 09 January 2013.
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Solving the Fiscal Impasse Starts and Ends at the Pentagon

(HTML version) by Barbara Lee, Roll Call, 09 January 2012.
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Yes, We Have A (Defense) Spending Problem

(HTML version) by David Callahan, The American Prospect, 07 January 2013.
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Make Pentagon Savings Part of Budget Negotiations

(HTML version) by Keith Ellison and Mick Mulvaney, Huffington Post, 21 December 2012.
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It’s Time for a Plan “D”

(HTML version) by Barbara Lee, Huffington Post, 21 December 2012.
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Smaller ships being prioritized, but questions plague key vessel

(HTML version) by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact, Tampa Bay Times, 20 December 2012.
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Reviews undertaken; hard slog of shifting military priorities is a work in progress

(HTML version) by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact, Tampa Bay Times, 19 December 2012.
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Disparate defense think tanks reach common ground on defense cuts

(HTML version) by Carlo Muñoz, The Hill, 17 December 2012.
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Right, left call for defense cuts

(HTML version) by Jeremy Herb, The Hill, 10 December 2012.
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Local House members seek targeted defense cuts

(HTML version) by Josh Richman, Political Blotter, 10 December 2012.
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Toss Wasteful Defense Weapons Programs Off the Cliff

(HTML version) by Barbara Lee, Huffington Post, 05 December 2012.
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Budget Agreement Reached! 5 think tanks warn of things to come for the Pentagon

(HTML version) by Gordon Adams, Foreign Policy, 27 November 2012.
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