Too little defense spending?

February 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Gallup poll shows that more Americans think we are spending too little on our military than at any time since 2002 (i.e. right after 9/11):

It’s a minority of Americans, 37%, but this is still a plurality compared to those who say we spend too much, or “the right” amount. And the number has been a fairly steep climb for the past two years or so.

The National Priorities Project puts U.S. military spending at $598.5 billion for FY 2015. This is about 37% of the world total:

SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, put it at $609 billion for 2014 on their downloadable spreadsheet here:

SIPRI lists total world military spending as $1.77 trillion, so the US share in that case would be about 35%.

The Center for Defense Information calls it $573 billion, although they write about budget “gimmicks” that conceal a larger total:

The National Priorities Project pegs our spending at more than the next 9 nations combined:

Not bad for a nation with less than 5% of the world population.

Do Gallup polls matter? Do these people vote? Does it have any bearing on eventual spending?  Who knows . . .








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