212935 Costs of militarism

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:30 PM

Robert Gould, MD , Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco, CA
This presentation will examine the continued societal costs of U.S. militarism. The direct and indirect costs of preparing for, and waging war is reflected in persistent distorted budgetary priorities that have significantly contributed to the decimation of basic social and public health programs, particularly notable at a time of major domestic and global economic collapse. In addition, while being a major cause of environmental pollution, ongoing Pentagon and Department of Energy budgets and programs rationalized as providing “national security” dwarf the inadequate outlays for addressing the critical issues of “climate security”. A major shift in thinking and priorities is needed to deal with the truly critical problems facing the U.S. and the world, that would simultaneously unlock the potential of green industries and jobs to lay the foundation for a recovering and viable planet.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the costs of US spending on militarism; List the benefits of redirecting military spending towards activities that promote public health and human welfare at home and abroad.

Keywords: Public Policy, Cost-Effectiveness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Chair of the Peace Caucus and President of the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and Past-President of National PSR. I have written and spoken extensively on the topic of the costs of militarism, including contributing chapters to "War and Public Health" and "Terrorism and Public Health", edited by Victor W. Sidel and Barry Levy, Oxford University Press.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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