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October 21, 2014

A Visual Decoder of the Defense Department’s Spending Proposal

Defense News provides an excellent visual analysis of the Department of Defense’s 2015 spending proposal. In a series of charts and graphics, it decodes and summarizes the details of the proposal. Below is its chart of overall spending.

ToplineSpending1 A Visual Decoder of the Defense Departments Spending Proposal

  • John Citizen

    It proves we spend a s***-ton on defense–more and more year after year, yet have a smaller and smaller actual fighting force to show for it. We have zero tanks in Europe today. We have one tank battalion in Korea (about 40 tanks). The Air Force has fewer planes than before Pearl Harbor and the Army is on track to have fewer soldiers than before that date, as well. The Navy has long had it smallest number of ships since the late 1800s. Obviously, today’s aircraft, tanks, and ships are more capable than those of 60+ years ago . . . but so are the rest of the world’s. And regardless, the costs have not increased in sync with the capabilities of the weapons. That is to say, while an F-22 is certainly (at least) 10x more capable than a P-51, why is it 100x more expensive?

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