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.
Today's Senate vote to require new congressional authorization for ongoing wars may have failed - but it still represents progress.
The president's deeply disturbing tendency to glorify war has no place in determining our country's use of nuclear weapons.
U.S. military spending, with its major focus on exerting U.S. influence and dominance overseas, has an analog here at home: spending on policing, incarceration, and immigration enforcement.
In 2016, the "militarized" budget amounted to 64 percent of discretionary spending.