Miriam Pemberton is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Formerly she directed its Peace Economy Transitions Project, focusing on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels.

With Lawrence Korb, she headed the annual Task Force on “A Unified Security Budget for the United States,” which examined the balance of spending on military and non-military security tools and argued for a rebalanced security budget. She also headed a team that produced three “Military vs. Climate Security” reports comparing federal spending on the two security domains, and arguing for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change.

With William Hartung, now of the Quincy Institute, she co-edited Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

As an Associate Fellow, she has published Six Stops on the National Security Tour: Rethinking Warfare Economies (Routledge, 2022). It provides an overview of the Military Industrial Complex and its means of perpetuating itself. And through portraits of six military-dependent communities across the U.S. it demonstrates how redirecting our militarized foreign and industrial policy toward climate security can help communities like these become part of the solution to the climate crisis.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.



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

The U.S. government needs to develop a unified national security budget that allows the president and the Congress to make trade-offs like these.

No Peace Dividend? Not So Fast

The ending of the wars is coinciding with a broader defense downsizing.

Defense Braces for a Bad Decade

Rather than just sitting on the sidelines, watching in anxiety and frustration as this Washington catfight proceeds, defense-dependent communities and workers should get going on the proverbial Plan B.

Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

In fact, sequestration will not “gut” our military. Sequestration will take our military budget back to the level it was in 2007, when we were still fighting two wars.

The Pentagon Is Ripe for Reduction

The U.S. is finally about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.

Ripe for Reduction

The pending budget deal must include long-overdue military spending cuts.

We’re Not Broke

This commonsense guide to avoiding the fiscal swindle would nearly eliminate the budget deficit while making the United States more equitable, green, and secure.

Fact Sheet: “Rebalancing our National Security: The Benefits of Implementing a Unified Security Budget”

We can save $440 billion over a 10-year period without compromising national security.

Rebalancing Our National Security: The Benefits of Implementing a Unified Security Budget

A team of experts recommend ways to rebalance our national security budget.

How to Make our Embassies Safer

Paul Ryan’s spending plans call for slashing the money the State Department can use to protect diplomats.

A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity

Even House Republicans can’t stomach spending $17,000 on a helicopter drip pan.

How We Can Replace Defense Jobs

As the post-9-11 wars finally begin to end, we can shrink the Pentagon budget. Here is a three-part strategy for replacing the jobs currently dependent on military production we don’t need.

Top 10 Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts

From the crowd that wants to shrink government because this will create jobs, we are now hearing that we can’t shrink the Pentagon because that would cost jobs. Here are the main points of their case, rebutted one by one.

Base Closures: How to Reap Savings from Base Realignment and Closure This Time

As we enter a new period of postwar downsizing, a new BRAC can achieve substantial savings that Congress professes to crave.

Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

Neither party adequately addresses the largest item in the discretionary budget: the Pentagon.

New Economy Transformation: Obama Budget Won’t Help

The military spending cut is real for the first time, but only about one percent of the Pentagon’s total.

Obama’s New Military Strategy Doesn’t Add Up

What happened to the idea of saving money?

Military Spending is the Weakest Job Creator

A study commissioned by the largest defense industry trade association says that military spending creates jobs. The facts, however, indicate otherwise.