Does the United States spend too much on the Military?

Currently the United States spends over half a Trillion Dollars a year, more than the rest of the World combined, for military contracts with Defense Contractors like Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon, Boeing, General Dynamics, Blackwater, Halliburton, Dyn Corp. and others; for maintaining 737 Military bases in over 130 countries; for research and development of "Missile Defense," Space Based Weapons Systems and New Nuclear Weapons; and for the current Military Occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

17 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Of course we're spending too much. I think we should stop being the world's police man. The people of the world don't want it and don't appraciate it. Let them fix their own problems. Defense spending should be just for that, DEFENSE, not offensive pre-emptive wars.

    "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

    - Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chance for Peace, April 1953

    "This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society."

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

    - Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, Jan 1961

    "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

    - Dwight D Eisenhower, Canada Club Speech, Jan 1946

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Let's put some perspective to this. The United States spends twice as much as China on the military yet as a function of the GNP China spends twice the percentage. Thus effectively China spends more ( by a factor of 2)of their available resources on the military.

    China has a conscription military, thus personnel cost will be lower. Labor and material costs in China are much lower so the cost of equipment manufacture are lower, thus they can purchase more with less.

    With the additional monies being spent on the current conflicts excluded, military spending in the United States is only increasing at around 3% annually, where as in China it is increasing at about %17 annually.

    So do we spend to much?

    Absolutely not.

    It should be increased.

    National Security is the primary function of the federal government. Almost everything else should be the state governments responsibility.

  • 4 years ago

    We spend more than the rest of the world combined on the military which is absurd. There is no way that social security and medicare should be included in the budget. If they did not include these two items in the budget people would see just how bloated the military budget is.

  • 1 decade ago

    In a word, NO. We need more military funding to keep a few steps of the rest of the world and secure our borders and our country in all ways. We have the best trained, best equipped and most modern military the world has ever seen and it just keeps getting better. A large part of the technology that was developed for the military has found its way into you house too, not to mention the medical achievements. To think that less than 5% of the worlds population can commit that many resources to a project that effect in one way or another over 6 billion people and yet that staggering sum is only 17% of our total government spending.

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  • 4 years ago

    Because our GDP Is no where near as large as China's, and most nations lie about how much they actually are spending, (on things like missiles or nuclear weapons programs). The difference is the USA is not forcing religions on other nations or depriving people of individual freedoms, it also leads the world in spending on foreign aid and in every great disaster is always looked to for assistance. But we can no longer afford it.

    • Maria4 years agoReport

      first off there is no way that social security and medicare should be included in the national budge. That brings the defence budget up to more like 55 percent of the budget. Which is an absurd amount.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah, the US spends too much on the military, but at least the military is conceivably a constitutional expense, whereas our bloated social welfare programs AREN'T and need to be overturned immediately.

    And I don't think foreigners should be advocating a decrease in spending. They may think that that's what they want, but the US is fundamentally a trusted friend and ally of much of the world. This country is always coming to the rescue of countries in military distress. In fact, they defund their militaries because they assume the American military will interfere on their behalf.

  • 1 decade ago

    Defiantly not, keeping the people who put their life on the line is more important than anything else. They serve and you *****, see the difference you complain were protecting them. Go complain about spending on some Liberal forum. Learn something they have no tanks, and yes theres those IED's but those anymore armor wont work...

  • 1 decade ago

    You may say too much, but I would say that they spend their money in the wrong places to solve the wrong problems... As for now, they just try to spend to keep the head over the water with Irak and the rest of the world... So there is a lot of money wasted in a very ineffective way... And as everything that is inefective, it will recoil someday and it will hurt a lot...

  • 1 decade ago

    Absolutely. When one country spends as much as nearly all the rest of the world combined and they have to send reserves and National Guard troops to war and the troops don't have the right equipment, there is a very big problem somewhere. China spends much less than we do , yet they have far more troops and they have plenty of weapons. something is wrong somewhere and it is the taxpayers and the troops that are getting screwed.

  • 1 decade ago

    If people feel safe enough to complain about over spending on defense, it must be working.

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