Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Ashik Siddique


U.S. Still Spends More on Military Than Next Nine Countries Combined

The United States still makes up the lion’s share of world military spending, with its $801 billion in 2021 representing 39% of the world’s military budget.


Tax Day 2022: We Got The Receipts

How does our government actually spend our tax dollars? Around Tax Day, it’s fair to wonder. Most of us never find out. 

But at NPP, we got the receipts. 


Military Aid to Ukraine Balloons — But We Need Diplomacy and Funding for Human Needs

Pentagon budget boosters are using the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an excuse for higher military spending, on top of an already record high military budget.


The US COMPETES with China — At What Cost?

The House passed a sweeping bill to counter China economically, the America COMPETES Act, with $52 billion for fund the production of computer chips. What else could that pay for?


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Internationalist Vision is More Crucial Than Ever

Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., said of the United States in his crucial “Beyond Vietnam” speech that: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” If we take King’s words seriously...


COVID Shrank the Global Economy, but U.S. Military Spending is Still More Than Next 11 Countries Combined

The world spent almost $2 trillion on militaries in 2020, according to the latest data on global military expenditures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). That's a military spending increase of 2.6 per cent in real terms since 2019, even as global gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 4.4...


Biden's 2022 budget raises military spending past $750 billion

Today, President Joe Biden unveiled his administration's FY 2022 “skinny budget” request. While not a full breakdown, the “skinny budget” offers a critical glimpse at topline discretionary budget spending and speaks volumes about the administration's priorities. At $753 billion, Biden's requested Pentagon budget increase continues the dangerous and short-sighted path...


The Pentagon Blew $1 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds on Military Equipment

The Pentagon misused much of $1 billion in congressionally appropriated COVID-19 relief funding, funneling it mostly to military contractors and using the money to make things like jet engine parts, body armor, and dress uniforms. What could that have paid for instead?


Ten Better Uses for Ten Percent of the Pentagon Budget

With military spending at historically high levels, and with additional increases under President Trump, a 10% cut is an overdue correction to the bloated Pentagon budget. Here's how we could spend that $74 billion instead.


The U.S. Spends More on Its Military Than the Next 10 Countries Combined

The United States was the biggest driver of this growth, with its $732 billion in 2019 accounting for a full 38% of global military spending. That's more than the next 10 countries combined, a marked increase from the previous year when it was merely larger than the next seven combined.