Obama’s Budget Would Reduce National Defense Spending
Adequate funding for the core defense program is crucial for the military to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. Yet defense spending has fallen below its 45-year historical average despite ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
DEFENSE SPENDING AS A PERCENTAGE OF GDP
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Policy Papers for Researchers
- WEBMEMO ON APRIL 15, 2011President Obama’s Disconnect on the Defense Budget
- BACKGROUNDER ON MAY 16, 2011Thinking About a Day Without Sea Power: Implications for U.S. Defense Policy
The charts in this book are based primarily on data available as of March 2011 from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The charts using OMB data display the historical growth of the federal government to 2010 while the charts using CBO data display both historical and projected growth from as early as 1940 to 2084. Projections based on OMB data are taken from the White House Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The charts provide data on an annual basis except… Read More