Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

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by Colby Goodman and Taner Bertuna As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins… Continue Reading  

Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High

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by Colby Goodman U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliveries by at least $5 billion over recent years, according to latest data from several U.S. government… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Assistance and Yemen

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by Colby Goodman As the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, the international community is increasingly questioning the involvement of external government actors there. Particularly under the microscope is the U.S. government, whose support to Yemen over the past decade has largely… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Aid to Presidential Guards a Risky Venture

Burkinabe Col. Maj. Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the President of Burkina Faso and President of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010. About 40 soldiers boarded the C-130J to deploy for counterterrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise and is part of a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored annual program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes several European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and is designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

by Alexis Kedo and Colby Goodman “We have seen what has happened, that the people were not in favor of it [coup d’état]. That is why we gave it up.” This was Gen. Gilbert Diendéré’s ad-libbed apology for the coup… Continue Reading