Too little defense spending?

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

http://www.gallup.com/poll/189191/americans-less-likely-no-militarily.aspx?g_source=Politics&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles

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:

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states/

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

http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/milex_database/milex_database

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:

http://www.pogo.org/our-work/straus-military-reform-project/defense-budget/2016/11-trillion-omnibus-bill-the-good-the-bad.html

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

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/us-military-spending-vs-world/

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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