Stephen Semler is founder of the Security Policy Reform Institute (SPRI), a grassroots-funded, US foreign policy think tank. SPRI provides an infrastructure for the development of progressive US foreign policy and national security ideas that break with the ideology of the existing think tank community.
In the past year, Semler’s prolific work has examined the correlation between military-industry complex campaign contributions and Congressional votes on the Pentagon budget; Biden’s FY 2020 Pentagon budget increase; and the Biden administration’s continued militarization of US local police forces by sending military-grade equipment to them for free.
SPRI proposes a practical, non-ideological five-point program for a new U.S. security policy.
Recent articles include “Biden Follows Trump’s Lead on Military Spending” and “Congress Urges Biden to Issue Executive Order on Police Militarization“.