In the talk, Prof. Peltier drew on her recent research for the Costs of War project to illustrate the scale of post-9/11 U.S. military spending as a percentage of the federal budget and as it relates to other countries around the world. She also highlighted the growth of military contracting and the opportunity costs associated with rising military spending compared with investments in clean energy, infrastructure, education, or health care.
Prof. Peltier is the Director of the Costs of War project’s “20 Years of War” research series at the Pardee Center, launched in October 2019 in collaboration with Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. The ongoing Costs of War project at the Watson Institute has explored the human, financial, environmental, social, and political costs of the post-9/11 wars. The two-year “20 Years of War” series based at the Pardee Center is producing a new set of analyses to mark 20 years since the beginning of the post-9/11 wars.