Tuesday, July 15, 2003

What does the United States spend on the military? 

We had this argument over this last week, and i've finally been able to find my source.

The government spent $258,069,000,000.00 in 1999 and $279,110,000,000.00 in 2000 on the military according to congressman Christopher Cox who published this report. This amount represents 13% of all national expenditures, behind only social spending at 56% and interest on the national debt at 17%.

I doubt that this has fallen to four percent in just the last three years.

UPDATE: Congressman Cox has this report for the year 2002 describing US military spending as representing 13.5% of the total pie, even though total military spending rose to $309,527,000,000.00.
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