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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Monday, September 10, 2012 - 10:41am
A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity
Here's a milestone of sorts. In July, for the first time since 1998, the House of Representatives voted to maintain the current military budget rather than increase Pentagon spending.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 1:41pm
Top 10 Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts
Members of Congress, led by the team of Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte, are touring military contracting plants, bases and defense-dependent communities this summer raising the alarm about “sequestration.” This is the part of the current budget deal that will force $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts to federal spending, unless Congress comes up with the same amount of money some other way.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 1:15pm
New Economy Transformation: Obama Budget Won't Help
The last decade’s surge in military spending has pushed military contracting deeper into the foundations of our economy. Reversing this process, and transferring the savings to support the green economy, are necessary components of the project to build the new economic foundation we need.
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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:21am
Obama's New Military Strategy Doesn't Add Up
President Barack Obama ordered up yet another strategic review last year. This one explicitly aimed at bringing the nation's military posture into line with something we can afford.
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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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