Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She co-chairs the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget with Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:30am
Military Spending is the Weakest Job Creator
Even before the supercommittee’s demise, the defense industry and its Pentagon and congressional allies were making preemptive strikes on the next phase: the automatic cuts, half of them from defense, that are supposed to follow the supercommittee’s failure. And with national unemployment rates stuck near 9 percent, the effect of these cuts on jobs has loomed large in their sights.
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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:10am
A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History
The Obama administration is scrambling to get on the right side of history. It has a lot of ground to make up. History is mostly judging the United States these days for launching, and now perpetuating, the longest wars in our history.
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Monday, November 29, 2010 - 2:08pm
Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military
As deserts expand and droughts persist, desperate people begin fighting over the water that remains. Elsewhere, rising sea levels create mass migrations. These portraits of human tragedy caused by climate change have become environmental security threats that the U.S. military now worries about. The U.S. military is taking steps to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions. Since it produces more emissions than any other institution on the planet, this is good news. But is it enough?
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Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 10:56am
The Green Dividend
The president didn’t want the engine. The Pentagon chief didn’t want the engine. Even the Air Force didn’t want to spend $485 million to develop a second engine for the F-35 fighter jet. After all, Pratt & Whitney had already won the bid for the F-35 and was already developing it. A second engine was, literally, overkill. Yet in May 2010, Congress decided to defy the Pentagon and risk a presidential veto by restoring funding for this second engine.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 10:48am
Bush-Style Military Spending Not Over Yet
Thought the Bush years were over? Not so fast. The main "accomplishment" of those years, apart from getting our country handed over to the big banks and corporations, was of course launching two wars. The cost of those wars so far is staggering, but these amounts are dwarfed by the so-called "regular" defense budget.
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Monday, July 20, 2009 - 10:51am
Mass Transit Helps Cut Global Warming and War
Two subway cars on Washington, D.C.'s Red Line - which I usually ride to work - recently collided. It was the worst accident in this subway's history, killing nine D.C. residents and injuring scores of others. The National Transportation Safety Board's advice to the local transit authority soon came to light: Replace older-model subway cars, including the ones that crashed. The NTSB had said this three years ago, but the transit authority hadn't had the money to do it.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:55pm
Budget Makes No 'Sweeping Shift' in Security Spending Yet
In December, The New York Times reported that Obama's Secretary of State, National Security Advisor, and Defense Secretary had all "embraced a sweeping shift of priorities and resources in the national security arena…a rebalancing of America's security portfolio after a huge investment in new combat capabilities during the Bush years."
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 1:06pm
Keep Secretary Gates? This Simple Test Should Decide
As the Bush administration's mass exodus gets underway, President-elect Obama is hearing from a lot of quarters that his cabinet should include one key holdover. According to this thinking, he should leave the Pentagon in the hands of its current Secretary, Robert Gates. Fortunately, the new president will have in-hand an easy way to judge whether or not this is a good idea.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 3:10pm
Bush Budget Adds to Military, Cuts Prevention
Voters--Republicans and Democrats alike--are telling pollsters they want, not a modest course correction, not a turned page, but a whole new book. The security budget President Bush proposed today is anything but.
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