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.


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.

Sequestering Military Spending

Even if sequestration cuts across all military programs, this sort of ham-handed approach is safely doable.

America Is Not Broke

How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.

House Armed Services Committee Hearing Misleading on Doomsday Projections

Hearing on military spending, jobs, and the economy leaves out one side of the story, say experts.