William Hartung


Expertise: Arms trade, Pentagon spending, military strategy, nuclear policy, Iraq, ISIS, Saudi Arabia

Biography: William D. Hartung is an internationally recognized expert on the issues of Pentagon spending and the global arms trade.  He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2012) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. He currently runs the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. From July 2007 through March 2011, Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served for 16 years as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. He also worked as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Hartung’s articles on security issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles TimesThe Nation, and World Policy Journal. He has been a featured expert on national security issues on 60 MinutesNBC Nightly Newsthe Lehrer Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets. He blogs for The Huffington Post.


Selected Interviews and Publications:

"How Much Would a Clinton Administration Spend on the Pentagon?," Huffington Post, September 20, 2016

"Trump's Pentagon Plan Could Cost Almost $1 Trillion," Huffington Post, September 19, 2016

"Questions for the Next Commander-in-Chief,"Huffington Post, September 7, 2016 (with Stephen Miles)

"U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen," Issue Brief, September 7, 2016

"Don't Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight," Report, February 2016

"No Need to Boost the War Budget," The Hill, February 17, 2016

"A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste," U.S. News and World Report, February 2, 2016

"Five Things Heritage Gets Wrong About Pentagon Spending," Huffington Post, January 27, 2016

"Dr. King's Anitwar Legacy," Huffington Post, January 19, 2016

"As Saudi Arabia Executes Sheik al-Nimr, Will the U.S. Respond by Cutting $50 Billion in Weapons Sales?," Interview, Democracy Now, January 4, 2016