Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels. She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending.
In addition to articles and opeds, her publications include two report series. “Military vs. Climate Security” compares federal spending on the two security domains, and argues for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change. “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” examined the balance of spending on military forces, homeland security and non-military foreign engagement and argues for a rebalanced security budget.
With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
A group of national security experts from left, right, and center says cutting some of America’s 800 far-flung outposts will save money and make us safer.
Rather than returning the savings to the taxpayers, the plan means to plow those savings back into the Pentagon budget.
Techies who've come of age in a country perpetually at war are saying they don't want their talents used to kill people.
For years, it has been the only federal agency that can't pass an audit.
The Pentagon’s Office of Economic Adjustment mostly missed its chance to wean communities off America’s dependence on defense economics.
Military spending will reach $700 billion under the deal to reopen the government, despite reports of hundreds of billions in Pentagon waste.
Backing down from nuclear war would make us a lot safer than piling more money into the Pentagon.
Facing financial ruin and the ruins of South Texas, some hawks want to throw more money at the military. That's ludicrous.
Throwing money at the Pentagon while gutting other programs that protect Americans shouldn't make anyone feel safer.
The president says he'll protect our interests against the boondoggle weapons makers. Don't believe him.
If Congress gets out of the way.
The brass asked for a report on eliminating waste. When investigators found some, the military buried it.
As our climate crisis plays out in increased refugee flows and natural disasters, the government is still wasting money on ineffective, traditional military security.
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The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared
IPS defense expert Miriam Pemberton explains that the United States military remains the most powerful on earth by far in this segment of Campaign for America's Future “Burning Issues” video series.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs are tied to the fortunes of Pentagon spending, but the People's Budget has the means to overcome this dependency.
Sanders would find plenty to get rid of in America's bloated defense budget.
The Obama administration's final Pentagon budget calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia.
The next GOP debate could find even more substance by making candidates answer Paul’s question to the conservative movement.