Resources for Media Work
Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor for Jan-Feb 2013
Messaging for Jan-Feb 2013
Support Our Troops Or Pork? (MediaMatters) Core message: Cutting Pentagon waste makes us stronger.
Cut Waste, Not Jobs. (MediaMatters) Core message: Cut what we don’t need so we can protect the things we do.
Talking Points for Bipartisan Defense Savings Letter. Useful, common sense talking points and facts.
How to Talk About the Pentagon Budget
Say: Cut Military “Corporations” Instead (The Metaphor Project). By targeting military corporations in our messaging we can zero in on Pentagon waste.
How Americans Think About Pentagon Spending (Rethink Media)
How to Talk About the Pentagon Budget (Rethink Media)
General Tips for Writing Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor
Quick Tips for Writing and Placing Letters and Op-Eds (Rethink Media)
Past Letters to the Editor
Europe ‘gets it’ on defense spending - The Philadelphia Inquirer, 04 Jan 2011
‘Bring war dollars home’ instead of closing schools – Waterville (ME) Morning Sentinel, 12/7/2010
The Hill, July 2nd, 2012
Portland (ME) Sun, July, 2012
“Shaky assumptions about military spending”
Durham Herald-Sun, July 1st, 2012
“Help Our Communities by Cutting Military Spending”
The Dorchester Reporter
“What Does the Military Budget Have to do with the Cost of Bread?”
Blog of the Week #1: Pentagon Transfers Cuts to War-Fighting Budget
Resources and Talking Points for the 2012 budget battle
The Army wasted $300 billion trying to buy weapons over the past decade.
Congress could cut $50 billion from the Pentagon budget this year – by cancelling, reducing, or delaying weapons systems that systems that are troubled, poorly managed, too expensive, or unnecessary. ($50 billion is what the Pentagon is supposed to cut under next year’s automatic budget cuts, aka “sequestration.”)
The Pentagon could pay for one year of sequestration (with $20 billion left over) if it wasn’t so woefully inept at procuring weapons. According to the GAO’s Assessments of Selected Weapons Report, the cost of the weapons systems in the pipeline grew $74.4 billion from FY 2010 to FY 2011 because of inefficiencies in procurement ($31.1 billion in cost growth), R&D growth ($13.7 billion), and procurement quantity changes ($29.6 billion),
Even the AARP is calling for military spending cuts.