Peace Economy Transitions

Building peace requires undermining the economic foundations of war. In the U.S., those foundations are built on a military budget as large as that of the next seven countries put together, and representing a majority share of the federal discretionary budget. Those who profit from the excessive concentration of federal resources on the military have been careful to spread those resources across the country, weaving military contracting into the economies of communities and congressional districts across the country.

IPS’ work on behalf of a peace economy has three parts: First, writing, speaking and organizing in support of a shift of federal spending from military to civilian priorities; second, working on models of community transition from defense dependency to alternative economic foundations; and third, building a digital archive of materials on peace economy research and advocacy from the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 periods to inform and inspire future work in the field.

Latest Work

Rand Paul Has a Point: How Much Defense Spending is Enough for GOP?

The next GOP debate could find even more substance by making candidates answer Paul’s question to the conservative movement.

The Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As Congressional dysfunction seemed to be barreling us toward a government shutdown, comes the news of an 11th-hour deal, announced Monday at midnight.

To unleash the harms, rein in the watchdogs

We’re now getting another taste of what the ongoing assault on the federal government’s watchdog function is doing to all of us.

Pope Francis and the Military Industrial Complex

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis talked about causes of war.

Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn’t what it looks like.

The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been

Boosting the Pentagon’s budget amounts to robbing domestic programs we desperately need.

What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse

For U.S. communities dependent on the same industries that have brought Russia to its knees, the time to start planning an economic transition is now.

Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

As funding for military contracts shrinks, major defense contractors have started to edge their way into the business of implementing health care reform.

It’s Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

Defense-dependent communities need to start diversifying their economies now, before shifts in Pentagon spending leave them with few viable alternatives.

Funding our wars

A Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post

Making Windmills out of Warplanes

The federal government needs to cut military spending to free up the money needed to meet the climate challenge.

COMBAT VS. CLIMATE: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

A new report connects U.S. military engagement and the threat of climate change.

Rare Progressive Victory Will Help Build a Peace Economy

We may have the best chance since the end of the Cold War to achieve a less militarized economy.

Don’t Cut Programs that Help Communities Adjust to Pentagon Spending Reductions

Spring budget season is almost over, and the House and Senate have once again placed parochial politics above budget discipline in their consideration of the Pentagon budget.