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.


Keep Secretary Gates? This Simple Test Should Decide

The idea of letting the current Defense Secretary keep his job is a hotly debated topic these days. Here’s an easy way to decide.

The Financial Crisis and 9/11

Some commentators compare the current economic crisis to 9/11 — a cataclysm that changed everything.

Goodbye to Defense’s Gilded Age?

The United States will spend more on defense over the next 365 days than on the $700 bailout package.

A Fat Budget for Weapons, Thin for Diplomacy

It is quintessential “Washington business as usual” that keeps the goal of rebalancing security resources always out of reach.

U.S. Should Boost Nonmilitary Security

Foreign aid and diplomacy are key to strategic success.

Executive Summary for ‘A Unified Security Budget for the United States’

In this fifth annual edition of the “Unified Security Budget,” as with the previous four editions, a non-partisan task force of military, homeland security, and foreign policy experts laid out the facts of the imbalance between military and non-military spending.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2009

This new report offers a comprehensive proposal for re-balancing military, international engagement, and homeland security spending.

Nuclear Recycling Fails the Test

The debate over nuclear power is heating up, along with the planet. Can nuclear fuel recycling be part of the mix? Not a chance.

Now Class, Let’s Review Iraq’s Lessons

The tragic Iraq War can serve as a guide to many policies to avoid.

How to Enter the Global Green Economy

To reap the environmental and economic benefits of green technology, we’ll need to rebuild our manufacturing base.

Raiding the War Chest

It’s called “defense” spending, but how much of it is actually about defense? Here’s how we could save billions, and still have billions left to make the U.S. and the world more secure.

Invitation to Steal: War Profiteering in Iraq

The religion of privatization: fully tested in Iraq. Ready for the discard pile.

Global Green Jobs

Advocates for Green Jobs have been mostly long on enthusiasm and short on specifics. This piece fills in some key blanks.

A Climate Change Industrial Policy

It’s time to change our budget priorities and create a new climate industrial complex.

Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War

The first step to avoid repeating the current war is to learn its lessons.

Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War

The Iraq War disaster could actually have an upside of sorts. It should put quite a few policies and practices permanently off-limits. Here’s a list, to argue about.

The Other Guantanamo

While Gitmo gets most of the ink, the U.S. base on Diego Garcia quietly prepares for a role in staging a possible attack on Iran.

Shape Up and Ship Out

How the Pentagon can cut the military budget and still keep us safe.

NATO at a Crossroads

A plan for a new concept of NATO’s mission and a reformed nuclear policy.

Guantanamo: The Bigger Picture

The case for shutting down not just the prison, but the military base where it sits.