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Whatever Happened to the Peace Dividend, and Can We Get One Back?
August 4, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
You’re invited to a virtual book discussion with IPS Associate Fellow Miriam Pemberton, author of the just released “Six Stops on the National Security Tour: Rethinking Warfare Economies” and leaders of IPS, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, CODEPINK, Pentagon Budget Campaign, Project on Government Oversight, and Public Citizen.
The U.S. military economy incorporates hundreds of American communities. This is the first book to connect our national security apparatus to the local level via deeply reported portraits of six locations, plus our militarized border and the hyper weapons in the pipeline. They include production sites, bases and nuclear weapons labs, and feature military Meccas and out-of-the way places.
“Six Stops on the National Security Tour: Rethinking Warfare Economies” includes an overview of how the military is structured, how it perpetuates itself, how its budget is made, and what it costs. Pemberton traces the lines of connection between her tour stops and our country’s foreign policy, industrial policy, and budget priorities. She examines the meaning of national security in the current moment, as climate change becomes what the military itself calls “an urgent and growing threat.” And she demonstrates how redirecting our militarized foreign and industrial policy toward climate security can help these communities become part of the solution.