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Catherine Lutz

NYC line, people waiting with masks on to be screened

Fighting a virus with the wrong tools (written by Catherine Lutz)

March 30, 2020 The Hill

In this article, Catherine Lutz writes, "America isn’t ready for this pandemic because our government has been spending money on the wrong things. Instead of putting money towards fighting disease or alleviating suffering, the U.S. spent enormous sums over the past couple of decades on war and war preparation."


Post-9/11 War on Terror costs $6.4 trillion plus 801,000 deaths (Catherine Lutz and Costs of War report cited)

November 18, 2019 Digital Journal

Cited in Digital Journal, "The two reports were prepared by the Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Catherine Lutz, Costs of War co-director and a Brown Professor who authored the projects' report on deaths said: "These reports provide a reminder that even if fewer soldiers are dying and the U.S. is spending a little less on the immediate costs of war today, the financial impact is still as bad as, or worse than, it was 10 years ago."


A US Marine in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's hired guns (comments by Cathy Lutz)

April 26, 2019 U.S. News & World Report

Professor Cathy Lutz comments on the number of security contractors that the U.S. military employs in Afghanistan, saying "The main problem with contractors of all sorts is there's just not enough attention to what they're doing. That's not been reported out in a clear way to anybody's satisfaction for all these years."


US Senate Debates Yemen War Powers Resolution (Costs of War project cited)

March 21, 2018 C-SPAN

During a Senate debate on the Yemen War Powers Resolution on March 20, 2018, lawmakers discussed the extent of U.S. force abroad and Congress's role in making decisions about where the U.S. goes to war. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) cited new Brown University Costs of War project data showing that the U.S. is taking military action against terrorism in 76 countries. "How often," he asked, "has Congress debated whether those military actions were authorized?"