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In fiscal year 2015, Pentagon and related spending will total $598 billion, accounting for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending. That's roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.

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“Is the U.S. at War Right Now?" and Other Questions

Guest Blogger |

by Maryanne Magnier Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Editor's note: At a time when the United States is in the midst of its longest war ever, with no end in sight; when the president routinely and offhandedly spouts threats of war; when the military budget is higher than at any...

Trump's Massive Budget Cuts Spare the Military

Lindsay Koshgarian |

Out of twelve major federal spending categories, only the military and veteran's benefits would be spared from the Trump cuts. 

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Trump Budget Request Takes Military Share of Spending to Historic Levels

Lindsay Koshgarian

By 2023, the final year included in President Trump's budget request, military spending would make up 65 percent of the federal discretionary budget, compared to 54 percent in 2018.

Trump's FY2019 Budget Request Has Massive Cuts for Nearly Everything But the Military

Lindsay Koshgarian

The president's priorities are clear: ever-increasing funds for the Pentagon, nuclear weapons and Homeland Security, and massive cuts to almost everything else.

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