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.


Remembering Claudette Munson

Among the leaders of a movement to turn the end of the Cold War into economic opportunity was a mother of four in St. Paul, Minnesota, who had spent 14 years soldering circuit boards for nuclear submarines. Claudette Munson died of cancer on July 25.

Will Panetta Help the State Department?

It is official U.S. doctrine that defense, diplomacy and development are co-equal contributors to our security.

New Report Outlines Bold Changes to the Security Budget, as Gates Makes Way for Panetta

As President Obama asks Republicans to cut “sacred cows” from the budget and make security budget cuts, report discusses ways to shift our security resources.

Report of the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget for the United States

With military cuts now on the negotiating table, here’s a set of expert recommendations on what to cut and yet keep us safe and secure.

85 Percent? How Do You Figure, Mr. Ryan?

After promising his budget proposal would stick closely to the bipartisan deficit reduction commission’s recommendations, his actual blueprint looks like a work of ideological posture of his own creation.

A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History

We should support the Egyptian miracle by cutting military aid and shifting it to support what will actually help Egyptians improve their standard of living.

Two Big Errors Plague Budget Reporting

President Obama’s proposed budget offers no real cuts to the Pentagon, and further spreads the divide between Defense and State Departments spending.

The Breakdown: In an Age of Austerity, Can’t the US Cut the Military Budget?

The US maintains the most expansive and expensive military on the planet. More than half of the annual budget goes towards “defense.” But in the ongoing debates about the appropriate austerity measures to take, cuts to military spending have been insufficiently prioritized.

Military Spending Cuts: Depends on what the Meaning of ‘On the Table’ Is

Let’s define budget cuts as spending less next year than this year. Nothing else should qualify.

Honoring a Prophet of Empire

In the last year of Chalmers Johnson’s life, the deficit hawks’ bluff got called.

Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military

The U.S. military is beginning to see climate change as a security threat, but the government isn’t making it a high enough priority.

Military Spending Takes its Place at the Table

The military spending cuts proposed by the Deficit Reduction Commission is both good and bad for a truly sustainable defense budget.

Military vs. Climate Security: The 2011 Budgets Compared

The gap between federal spending on military as opposed to climate security has narrowed but compared to China our progress is meager.

Military vs. Climate Security: The 2011 Budgets Compared

The gap between federal spending on military as opposed to climate security has narrowed but compared to China our progress is meager.

More Jobs, Less War

We should cut the military budget and use that money to fund our transition to a greener economy.

We Have to Trim the Bloated Pentagon Budget and Use the Cash for a ‘Green Dividend’ to Create Good Jobs

How can we come out of this recession with a manufacturing sector and a workforce that are globally competitive, that produce things that people need in the new green economy?

The Green Dividend

The United States failed to capitalize on a Peace Dividend. Now, with the economy in a rut and the globe heating up, we have a second chance to shift Pentagon funds to domestic needs with a Green Dividend.

‘Aspirational’ vs. ‘Operational’ Military Budget Cutting

It seems as though our Secretary of Defense is experiencing an internal conflict.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2011

The Pentagon’s plans for cuts won’t change the security spending balance.

Unified Budget Would Spread Security Revenue

We need a whole-of-government approach to security budgeting.