Biggest military budgets. Accounted for 37 percent of the total. Army personnel to pre world war ii levels american military might is beyond question. Outpaces all other nations in military expenditures.
The military budget is the portion of the discretionary united states federal budget allocated to the department of defense or more broadly the portion of the budget that goes to any military related expendituresthe military budget pays the salaries training and health care of uniformed and civilian personnel maintains arms equipment and facilities funds operations and develops and. List by the stockholm international peace research institute 2018 fact sheet for 2017 sipri military expenditure database. This chart from april 2013 which is making the rounds again shows that.
No country worldwide comes close to matching the united states in military expenditure. World military spending totaled more than 16 trillion in 2015. Examples of other well known programs paid for by discretionary spending include the early childhood education program head start included in housing community title i grants to disadvantaged schools and pell grants for low income college students education food assistance.
In 2014 us military spending reached 571 billion a huge distance ahead of second placed chinas 1294. List by the international institute for strategic studies top 15 defence budgets 2017. By far the biggest category of discretionary spending is spending on the pentagon and related military programs.
The united states dominates the world when it comes to defence spending but how do other countries compare. Us and world military spending and budgets are very high almost back to cold war levels.