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.


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Sanders would find plenty to get rid of in America’s bloated defense budget.

6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War

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Rand Paul Has a Point: How Much Defense Spending is Enough for GOP?

The next GOP debate could find even more substance by making candidates answer Paul’s question to the conservative movement.

The Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As Congressional dysfunction seemed to be barreling us toward a government shutdown, comes the news of an 11th-hour deal, announced Monday at midnight.

To unleash the harms, rein in the watchdogs

We’re now getting another taste of what the ongoing assault on the federal government’s watchdog function is doing to all of us.

Pope Francis and the Military Industrial Complex

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis talked about causes of war.

The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

Boosting the Pentagon’s budget amounts to robbing domestic programs we desperately need.

What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse

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Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

As funding for military contracts shrinks, major defense contractors have started to edge their way into the business of implementing health care reform.

Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts from Budget Cuts

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Defense-dependent communities need to start diversifying their economies now, before shifts in Pentagon spending leave them with few viable alternatives.

Funding our wars

A Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post

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Rare Progressive Victory Will Help Build a Peace Economy

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The Budget Wars: The Congressional Progressive Caucus is Ready for Paul Ryan

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ new budget goes after areas of wasteful spending that other legislators won’t touch.

Demilitarizing the Economy: A Movement is Underway

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Beating Swords Into Solar Panels: Re-Purposing America’s War Machine

Why should we maintain our grossly expensive military-industrial complex when tax dollars are so desperately needed at home?

Saving the Non-Defense Side of the Budget

Throughout this century, the Pentagon’s share of the budget has grown as the non-military portion has shrunk.

Trade-Offs Needed to Enhance U.S. Soft Power

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