How America's GIANT Defense Budget Is Too Small

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It’s common knowledge that the United States has by far the largest military budget in the world, you often hear the phrase “America spends more on their military than the next nine countries combined.” which is as impressive as it is controversial. When discussing the military budget, it’s often surrounded by talks of reducing it or spending the money on other projects. And that controversy is completely valid with the US military budget consuming approximately half of all discretionary federal spending the country would benefit from many of the wasteful programs being cut and corruption being stamped out. The US Department of Defense is the only Federal agency unable to pass an independent audit 30 years after Congress required it to do so. So it’s entirely reasonable to question why nearly $800 billion is spent on defense.

Written by: Chris Cappy & Justin Taylor
Edited by: Savvy Studios

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Let’s talk about some raw numbers first. The American Department of Defense received a fiscal year 2023 budget of $797 billion, 6.8 billion above what was requested for the fiscal year, and 69 billion more than the fiscal year 2022 budget. Currently the American military has about 2.1 million members in uniform, 1.328 million of those being active duty service members, and the remaining 800,000 serving in the reserves, or national guard. This makes the United States by far the largest gross spender on defense, but only 3rd in terms of military size, with India and China both having larger standing armies, so why are we spending so much more if other countries seem to have no problem spending so much less on more troops?

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