William Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, the Foundation is a leftist public policy institute which claims to be nonpartisan, and seeks pragmatic solutions to "the next generation of challenges facing the United States".
Before coming to New America, Mr. Hartung worked for 15 years as Director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School. An expert on weapons proliferation, the politics and economics of military spending, regional security, and national security strategy, Mr. Hartung is the author of numerous books, reports, and chapters in collected works on the issues of nuclear weapons, conventional arms sales, and the economics of military spending.
His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Harper’s, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the World Policy Journal.
Hartung has also been a featured expert on ABC World News Tonight, Now With Bill Moyers, CBS’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s Nightly News, the Today Show, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and many other television and radio stations throughout the United States. 
Sustainable Defense Task Force
The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), working in cooperation with Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States.
The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report. A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication.
- Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
- Benjamin H. Friedman, Cato Institute
- William D Hartung, New America Foundation
- Christopher Hellman, National Priorities Project
- Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network
- Charles Knight, Project on Defense Alternatives
- Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress
- Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action
- Laicie Olson, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
- Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies
- Laura Peterson, Taxpayers for Common Sense
- Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College
- Christopher Preble, Cato Institute
- Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information
- ↑ New America Foundation website: Staff (accessed on Jan. 5, 2010)
- ↑ New America Foundation website: About (accessed on May 4, 2010)
- ↑ New America Foundation website: Statement on Nonpartisanship and Political Activity (accessed on May 4, 2010)
- ↑ http://www.fpif.org/fpifinfo/4476
- ↑ Sustainable Defense Task force , report June 2010