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.



‘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.

Fresh Thinking on National Security

In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we need to make sure that every penny of our tax dollars is spent wisely.

Deficit reduction? If and only if…

How about a real solution to our deficit problem?

Swords Into Solar Panels

Owego can get solar jobs, but it will take the active involvement of Owego itself.

A Military Budget of Add-ons, Not Choices, Makes the Security Imbalance Worse

An emphasis on non-military engagement can’t hide the fact that Obama is spending more on defense than Bush.

Bush-Style Military Spending Not Over Yet

Obama’s plans for change in defense spending are still mostly unrealized.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2010

Obama needs to shift away from his predecessor and usher in a new era of U.S. security policy.

The Secret About Jobs Military Contractors Don’t Want You to Know

A new report finds military hardware we don’t need isn’t as great for job creation as advertised.

Want Climate Security? Raise National Security Specter

The Pentagon has begun studying the effects of environment on security. But will we see real change?

Military vs. Climate Security: Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era

In addition to creating an existential threat to the planet and its people, rapidly accelerating climate change is a security challenge.

Mass Transit Helps Cut Global Warming and War

We need to start viewing climate change as both a security and environmental challenge.

The Cost of the Global U.S. Military Presence

It costs $250 billion a year to maintain the U.S. empire.

The Case for an International Food Safety Agency

The latest pandemic scare seems to be easing. It’s time to get the big picture on prevention right.

Marine Protection as Empire Expansion

The Bush administration used marine protection as a cover for consolidating U.S. bases in the Pacific. The new president must reverse this policy.

The Cold War Takes a Hit

The new defense budget makes a down-payment on Obama’s promise to get rid of obsolete military systems, but maintains an upward trajectory of military spending.

The NATO Summit: Openings for a New Nuclear Posture

Key NATO members are talking nuclear reductions. But what about NATO itself?

Battle Over Bases

Rumsfeld had dreams of radically rearranging the U.S. empire of bases. Here’s what happened instead.

Budget Makes No ‘Sweeping Shift’ in Security Spending Yet

The Obama administration’s preliminary budget figures show a modest course correction to our highly militarized foreign policy.