Archive for the ‘News and Opinion’ Category

See The Countries And US States Where The F-35 Contractors Are Located

Source: Business Insider The Pentagon has stuck with the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter program despite dozens of technical problems and delays, strategic concerns, and massive cost overruns that have nearly doubled the initial cost estimate, raising the cost of building the planes to around $400 billion with a lifetime cost of up to $1.5 […]

Nato leaders are under pressure to increase defence spending – but clean water and education for all could prove a powerful weapon against extremism

By David Williamson, Wales Online, Sep 02, 2014 10:26 Nearly three million Syrians are registered as refugees. The world now has the chance to stop a disaster, win much-needed friends and give them the shock and awe of hope. When Nato leaders gather in Wales this week many of the statesmen and women around the banquet […]

UN expert urges States to be more transparent on military expenditure

At the conclusion of an expert consultation convened by the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order in Brussels on 15 May and attended by senior representatives of several organizations including NATO, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), Transparency International, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces […]

NZ Budget, Frigates or Families / Welfare or warfare?

The NZ Budget was released on Thursday, 16 May, and military spending has gone up by an unexpected 13.82% from last year, tragic. We published some comparative facts and figures in the GDAMS Aoteroa New Zealand index page and on Facebook. The “centrepiece” of the Budget was a $493 million package for families, and as the […]