Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security

by Rajan Menon Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has… Continue Reading  

Bestselling Pentagon Fiction

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it… Continue Reading  

A Wasteful Weapon for America’s Forever Wars

by William J. Astore How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to… Continue Reading  

In Wars and Weapons We Trust

by William J. Astore When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I looked to the heavens: to God and Christianity (as arbitrated by the Catholic Church) and to the soaring warbirds of the U.S. military, which I believed kept… Continue Reading  

More Money, Fewer Jobs: Employment and the Defense Industry

by Nia Harris, Cassandra Stimpson, and Ben Freeman A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it’s not a movie star; it’s Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation’s top defense contractor and the largest… Continue Reading