Lindsay Koshgarian is the Program Director of the National Priorities Project, where she oversees NationalPriorities.org. Lindsay’s work on the federal budget includes analysis of the federal budget process and politics, military spending, and specifically how federal budget choices for different spending priorities and taxation interact. A particular area of focus is how a decades-long policy of outsized military budgets has eroded political will to invest in opportunity and human potential through greater federal support of education, health care, infrastructure and more.

Prior to joining NPP in 2014, Lindsay was a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, where she conducted state and regional economic development studies. She got her start as an organizer for Planned Parenthood in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a Master of Public Policy from UCLA and a BA in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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About That $900 You Gave Pentagon Contractors

This tax season, I’d rather fund green jobs and disease control than jets that spontaneously combust. Wouldn’t you?

Our Skyrocketing Military Spending Helps Pentagon Contractors—Not Ukraine

Less than one percent of the Pentagon’s new $782 billion budget is marked for Kyiv. About 50 times as much will go to for-profit corporations.

Our Military Budget Is More Lopsided Than Ever

Spending 12 times as much on our military as Russia didn’t prevent a war in Europe. It just deprived us of resources at home.

Biden’s State of the Union Address Showcased Disconnect in Spending Priorities

The spending priorities Biden listed in his State of the Union speech don’t match reality. It’s time to invest in the people of this country.

Will the U.S. Stoke War in Ukraine While the World Burns?

While the U.S. sends quick weapons shipments and maneuvers troops, other urgent problems go unsolved.

Congress Approved $778 Billion for the Pentagon. That Means We Can Afford Build Back Better.

Some senators say Biden’s social and climate bill costs too much, but comparing it to the military spending plan they just passed suggests otherwise.

A $778 Billion Pentagon Budget is Our Lump of Coal

Congress just passed a $778 billion military budget, and failed to pass the Build Back Better plan that costs less than a quarter of that annually.

‘An Endlessly Increasing Pentagon Budget’

The end of the war in Afghanistan resulted not in a budget decrease, but more increases. Then Congress cut Build Back Better in half.

U.S. Military Contracts Totaled $3.4 Trillion Over 10 Years

Democrats are slashing the Build Back Better bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion over ten years. Meanwhile, Pentagon contractors have received $3.4 trillion over the past decade.

Don’t Cut the Build Back Better Plan — Cut the Pentagon’s Budget

The president’s $3.5 trillion human-needs plan is facing severe cuts from key members of Congress. So why does the military get $7.5 trillion, no questions asked?

9/11 at 20: Two Decades of Missed Opportunities

For just a fraction of what we’ve spent on militarization these last 20 years, we could start to make life much better.

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The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11

We’ve Spent Billions on War. Now, Let’s Spend to Bring Afghans to Safety.

The U.S. needs to focus on bringing as many Afghans as possible to safety as refugees.

National Priorities Project Commends Senate Rejection of $50 Billion Pentagon Grab

The increase would have come on top of the more than $750 billion the budget resolution already reserved for the Pentagon.

Biden’s Unconscionable Military Budget

With the Afghanistan War finally ending, we shouldn’t squander our “peace dividend” on costly weapons or military bloat.

The Pentagon Increase Is the Size of the Entire CDC Budget

One of the most confounding decisions in the president’s budget request was the decision to increase the Pentagon and war budgets.

Biden Is Thinking Big on Jobs. On the Pentagon, He Should Think Smaller.

An increase in the military budget won’t make us safer or more prosperous.

Biden’s Pentagon is Still Trump’s Pentagon

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Pentagon and Tax Cheats Already Cost Taxpayers Far More Than Biden’s Job Plan

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National Priorities Project

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