Heidi Peltier, a Research Professor at the BU Department of Political Science and a Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow, recently participated in a webinar in which she was interviewed on military spending, employment, and contracting for CODEPINK, a grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars.
In the conversation, facilitated by CODEPINK co-director Carley Towne, Prof. Peltier drew on her recent papers for the Costs of War project on the mounting public debt from the post-9/11 wars, the dramatic rise of military contracting since 2001, and the opportunity costs associated with military spending compared with investments in jobs in clean energy, infrastructure, education, or health care.
Watch the webinar above.
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.