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Still the World's Top Military Spender

Although declining in real terms, the United States' military budget remains substantial and a huge drain on our public resources.
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According to the Stockholm International Peace Institute, the United States remains the world’s top military spender. In fact, U.S. military spending equals the combined military spending of the next 10 countries. And most of those are U.S. allies.

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Although declining in real terms, the U.S. military budget remains substantial and a huge drain on our public resources. As the following chart shows, military spending absorbs 57 percent of our federal discretionary budget.

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Notice that many so-called non-military discretionary budget categories also include military related spending. For example: Veteran’s Benefits, International Affairs, Energy and the Environment, and Science. We certainly seem focused on a certain kind of security.

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images, a Pacific Standard partner site, as “Saturday Stat: World's Top Military Spender.”

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