Trump’s Proposed Increase in U.S.
"Defense" Spending Would Be 80 Percent
of Russia’s Entire Military Budget
February 28, 2017 "Information
- The U.S. government
already spends $600 billion dollars a
year on its military — more
than the next seven biggest spenders
combined, including China and Russia.
White House said
it would request $54 billion more in
military spending for next year. That
increase alone is roughly the size of
the entire annual military budget of the
United Kingdom, the fifth-largest
spending country, and it’s more than 80
percent of Russia’s
entire military budget
Congress were to follow Trump’s
blueprint, the U.S. military budget
could account for nearly 40 percent of
global military spending next year. The
U.S. would be outspending Russia by a
margin of greater than 9 to 1.
of U.S. governors on Monday, Trump
described his forthcoming budget
proposal as “a public safety and
national security budget.”
The share of world military
expenditure of the 15 states with
the highest expenditure in 2015.
U.S. military spending has
been at permanent wartime levels since
the 2001 terror attacks, despite the
significant drawdowns in Afghanistan and
Iraq under President Obama. Spending has
declined since the wars were at their
peak in 2010, but U.S. military spending
in 2015 remains at 190 percent of what
it was before 9/11, according to data
from the Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute, or SIPRI, a leading
tracker of weapons and defense spending.
Throughout his campaign, Trump
criticized bloated weapons contracts and
the overall cost of wars in the Middle
East. But he also promised to make the
military “strong again,” pledging to
build 70 new warships and increase the
number of troops in the Army to the same
high levels as during the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
also called for the U.S. to “greatly
expand” its nuclear weapons
capabilities, signaling a potential
willingness to expand a $1 trillion
modernization effort Obama started that
by budget critics as unaffordable.
House did not elaborate on how the
Pentagon would spend the extra money.
that the White House was planning
dramatic cuts to the EPA and foreign aid
budgets. Both are tiny components of the
federal budget and are unlikely to add
up to anywhere near $54 billion.