STATEMENT: WAND Condemns United States’ Ranking in Global Military Spending

The United States has one again dramatically topped the list of global military spenders. Last year, U.S. spending on the military - including horrendously expensive nukes - made up 39% of the global total. As an organization dedicated to demilitarization, we call upon Congress to cut our exorbitant military budget and reinvest in diplomacy and human needs. Such an approach would shift foreign policy strategy towards solving the root causes of conflict, both at home and abroad. The societal problems we face will never be solved by military means and violence, only by investing in our environment and community welfare.


That is why we joined the American Friends Service Committee and 37 other organizations in releasing the following statement:


"Once again, the United States tops one of the world’s most infamous rankings lists— top military spenders. In 2020, the United States’ spending on the military and nuclear weapons made up 39% of the global total, according to an annual report released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. This is the third year in a row that the United States’ spending has increased.


As 38 organizations that work in the United States, we are continually disappointed by the members of Congress and presidents that choose to purchase weapons and wage warfare at the expense of our communities and our children’s futures.


Our political leaders’ militaristic foreign policy choices and blatant disregard for the domestic needs of taxpayers have fueled the growth of the bloated Pentagon budget year after year. In 2020, our nation faced crises ranging from a pandemic to disastrous wildfires, evidencing the urgent need for investment in public health and climate change instead of F-35 warplanes and new nuclear weapons. The misallocation of our resources into militarized spending has weakened our nation’s ability to respond to the things that affect people’s day-to-day wellbeing.


Even as it becomes increasingly apparent that militarized spending isn’t the answer to today’s global problems, the Biden administration proposed increasing the 2022 discretionary defense budget to a whopping $753 billion. Members of Congress must do better. We call on them to significantly decrease spending on the military and nuclear weapons for FY2022 and to re-allocate that money into true national priorities like public health, diplomacy, infrastructure, and addressing climate change."


Signed:

+Peace

Alliance of Baptists

American Friends Service Committee

Beyond the Bomb

CODEPINK

Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security

Center for International Policy

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Climate Crisis and Militarism Project of Veterans for Peace

Coalition on Human Needs

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces DC Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

DC Peace Team

Dominican Sisters of Sparkill

East Lansing, University United Methodist Church

InterReligious Task Force on Central American and Colombia (IRTF Cleveland) LP Indivisible

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Massachusetts Peace Action

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

Outrider Foundation

Passionist Solidarity Network

Pax Christi USA

Peace Action New York State

Peace Education Center

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

RootsAction.org

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team

The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society Washington Office on Latin America

Win Without War

Women’s Action for New Directions

World BEYOND War

World Beyond War – Florida Chapters


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