Infographic: The Facts about U.S. Defense Spending

National security is both a vital priority and a significant part of the federal budget (it is currently the third most expensive government program, after Social Security and healthcare). Consequently, negotiating levels of defense spending is often one of the more contentious parts of the budget process. To help put these debates in perspective, the infographic below provides an overview of U.S. defense spending and its place in the overall budget.

The good news is that there are ways of ensuring America’s security while strengthening our fiscal and economic outlook. Read more about the policy options, or read the recommendations of the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security, a bipartisan group of highly distinguished and respected leaders in defense, economic, and national security policy.


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