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military spending in america the cost

Military Spending in AmericaThe Cost

Prepared by Peace Action Montgomery

  • The Federal Budget
  • How Are We Spending the Military Part of the Budget?
  • What Does American Militarism Mean for You?
  • The Threat to Democracy
  • What You Can Do
total federal budget fy 2010 both discretionary mandatory
Total Federal Budget, FY 2010 Both Discretionary & Mandatory
  • Mandatory: Required by law. Examples:
  • Social Security
  • Interest on Debt
  • Medicare
  • Unemployment
  • Discretionary: Negotiated each year. Examples:
  • Military
  • Education
  • Research & Development

Source: National Priorities Project

discretionary budget authority proposed fy 2010
Discretionary Budget AuthorityProposed: FY 2010
  • “All other” includes:
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Transportation
  • International affairs
  • Everything else except entitlements and debt.

Source: National Priorities Project

discretionary budget by category 2009
Discretionary BudgetBy Category, 2009

Source: Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Briefing Book

u s military spending vs other countries in rank order fy 2009
U.S. Military Spending vs. Other Countries, In Rank Order, FY 2009

Source: Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

growth in military spending
Growth in Military Spending

Military spending grew an average of 9% per year above inflation during the Bush years.

Total increase in the Pentagon budget 2001-08: 73%


spending on Iraq

and Afghanistan.

Sources: Friends Committee on National Legislation; William Hartung

obama s projected dod budgets
Obama’s Projected DOD Budgets



War costs not included in this chart

Billions of Dollars




Source: National Priorities Project Security Spending Primer

u s job creation with 1 billion spending
U.S. Job Creation with $1 Billion Spending

Number of Jobs Created

Education Health Care Clean Energy Consumption Military

Source: Pollin & Garrett-Peltier, 2009

obama military budget 2011
Obama Military Budget, 2011


Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

montgomery county citizens share of military expenditures fy2010 budget
Montgomery County Citizens’ Share of Military Expenditures, FY2010 Budget
  • About $3 billion


  • $2,000 per person

Source: National Priorities Project

where does the money go
Where Does the Money Go?

War costs

Foreign military bases

War profiteers

extraordinary war costs
Extraordinary War Costs
  • Total U.S. defense spending in Afghanistan, FY 2010: $101 billion.
    • $400 per gallon: US military’s cost of gasoline in Afghanistan
    • $1 million: cost to send one soldier to Afghanistan for one year
    • Reliance on expensive contractors

Source: Congressional Research Service Report RL 33110

afghanistan war funding
Afghanistan War Funding

Notes: FY 01 & 02 combined;

FY 10 assumes $33 bn supplemental

Source: Congressional Research Service Report RL33110

afghanistan war vs world military spending
Afghanistan War vs. World Military Spending

In 2010, the United States will spend more on the war in Afghanistan alone than every other country in the world but China spends on its own defense.

Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

total war costs iraq and afghanistan through 2010
Total War CostsIraq and Afghanistan Through 2010

Total direct cost of both wars by 2010: over $1 trillion

1 trillion is a thousand billion
$1 Trillion is a Thousand Billion

Imagine that you spent $1 million/day beginning with the birth of Jesus—to spend a trillion dollars, you’d need to keep spending $1 million/day until mid-way through the 28th century.

If you laid out $1 trillion end-to-end in $100 bills, you could circle the Earth at the equator 39 times.

let s tell congress
Let’s Tell Congress

End the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan

We can’t afford this!

u s foreign military bases
U.S. Foreign Military Bases
  • The US maintains about 1,000 foreign military bases
  • Foreign bases cost taxpayers about $250 billion per year
  • These bases generate anger all over the globe and are a recruitment tool for our enemies

Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

floating bases
Floating Bases
  • The U.S. has 11 nuclear powered aircraft supercarriers—the only nation on earth to have even one.
  • The U.S. maintains over 100 deployed ships and submarines at any given time—with 30,000 sailors afloat.
  • Each supercarrier has 90 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and can operate continuously for twenty years without refueling.

Source: United States Navy

military bases as the new imperialism
Military Bases as the New Imperialism

U.S. bases constitute 95% of all the military bases any country in the world maintains on any other country's territory.

“Once upon a time, you could trace the spread of imperialism by counting up colonies. America's version of the colony is the military base.”

Chalmers Johnson

Source: Chalmers Johnson

the movement to end foreign bases
The Movement to End Foreign Bases

International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases:

Source: International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

war profiteers
War Profiteers

Definition: Any person or organization that improperly profitsfrom warfare or by selling weapons and other goods to parties at war.

How do we define “improperly”?

war profiteers1
War Profiteers

Are huge profits improper? Is it acceptable for some people to make literally millions of dollars because thousands of others die?

Is it improper if contractors lobby for wars that they benefit from financially?

Is it improper if contractors’ products are shoddy? If contractors engage in fraud and highly wasteful practices?

war profiteers example lockheed martin
War ProfiteersExample: Lockheed Martin
  • 84%

Percent of L/M profits derived directly from US tax payers, 2008

  • $4.4 billion

Amount of tax-payer money distributed as profit, 2008

  • $36,560,000

Total compensation of Lockheed Martin CEO, 2007

  • $28,253,165

Total compensation of 6 other executives, 2007

lockheed martin
Lockheed Martin
  • Paid $577.2 million in fines because of contract fraud since 1995
  • Found guilty of 50 instances of various kinds of misconduct (including contractor kickbacks, nuclear safety violations, fraud, etc.)

Source: Wikipedia

lockheed martin forms of influence
Lockheed Martin: Forms of Influence
  • Political donations to Dem and Repub parties, 1997-2009: $2,346,300
  • Donations to individual politicians: averages almost $1 million/year
  • Paid lobbying, 2008: $15,821,506

Source: Right Web

lockheed martin forms of influence1
Lockheed Martin: Forms of Influence

Geographic distribution of subcontractors

“The ideal weapons system is built in 435 Congressional districts and it doesn’t matter whether it works or not.”

Alain C. Enthoven, economist and former Pentagon official.

In 2009, Lockheed Martin placed full-page ads in the Washington Post showing the number of jobs for F-22 construction, by Congressional district, throughout the nation.

lockheed martin forms of influence the revolving door
Lockheed Martin: Forms of Influence—The Revolving Door
  • Lockheed's former vice-president, Bruce Jackson, organized and chaired the “non-profit” Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (2002-03): It lobbied hard for the Iraq war—a war that dramatically increased Lockheed Martin profits
  • 8 other senior Bush Administration members had similar ties to Lockheed Martin

Source: Wikpedia


Gates of Lockheed Martin in January, 2009:

We award Lockheed Martin the “War Profiteer of the Year Award”

what do military contractors do
What do Military Contractors Do?
  • Feed troops
  • Maintain facilities and equipment
  • Transport cargo
  • Wash clothes
  • Provide security guards for bases and diplomats
  • Engage in military actions through the CIA

Contractors are doing everything that used to be done solely by the military—for a profit.

contractors vs u s troops in iraq 2009
Contractors vs. U.S. Troops in Iraq, 2009

November, 2009

Source: American Friends Service Committee

contractors vs u s troops in afghanistan
Contractors vs. U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

December, 2009

Source: Congressional Research Service Report number R40764 & DOD

outsourcing war paying for it
Outsourcing War: Paying for It

Annual pay for an experienced corporal with three years of service: $19,980

Annual pay for some mercenaries:


Source: Huck Gutman

outsourcing war contractors are not cost effective
Outsourcing War:Contractors Are Not Cost-Effective

Federal government pays:

  • Training of many contractors
  • At least double or triple daily rate for services
  • Profits of firms
  • “Indirect rates” of firms--can sometimes be as much as 90% of a contract

Sources: Alison Stanger;CNN

outsourcing war contractors are not cost effective1
Outsourcing War:Contractors are Not Cost-Effective

Federal government pays:

  • Profits plus indirect rates for subcontractors, i.e. profits plus indirect rates on top of profits and indirect rates—70% of costs of prime DOD contractors are subs
  • Fraud, waste and abuse (at least 16% in Afghanistan)
  • Clean-up after poor performance, bad behavior

Source: Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan

who are mercenaries
Who Are Mercenaries?

Mercenaries are soldiers-for-hire or “private security contractors,” typically provided by a large firm, such as CACI or Blackwater/Xe.

They come from all over the world. Companies like Blackwater/Xe recruit especially from repressive regimes with bad human rights histories.


how many mercenaries
How Many Mercenaries?

About 11% of DOD contractors in Iraq & Afghanistan are mercenaries: 13,924 in June, 09

This does not include State Dept. or CIA-funded mercenaries.

Under Barack Obama, in second quarter, 2009:

  • 23% increase in the number of “Private Security Contractors” in Iraq
  • 29% increase in Afghanistan

Sources: Congressional Research Service, DOD Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan; Center for Globalization

mercenary contractors example blackwater xe
Mercenary Contractors:Example Blackwater/Xe

Killed 17 innocent Iraqi citizens in a massacre in 2007.

Killed two Afghan civilians, in May 2009. How many more have they killed? We don’t know.

Blackwater/Xe is still receiving millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to provide security for Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, for CIA contracts for extralegal work in Pakistan, and for other services.

Source: The Nation, Jeremy Scahill

implications of outsourcing war
Implications of Outsourcing War

“The United States has created a new system for waging war. . . You turn the entire world into your recruiting ground. You intricately link corporate profits to an escalation of warfare and make it profitable for companies to participate in your wars.”

“We live amidst the most radical privatization agenda in the history of our country.”

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill

Source: Bill Moyers Interview

outsourcing war
Outsourcing War
  • Powerful companies promote war because it is profitable, not because of the interests of the nation
  • Oversight of contractors is negligible and contractors often do poor jobs—(e.g., defective KBR construction that caused electrocution of 12 US servicemen in Iraq)
  • Cost-plus contracts , the most common DOD-type contract, encourage waste and unnecessary spending
outsourcing war1
Outsourcing War
  • Contractors are generally outside of any law—they do what they want with total impunity (e.g., Blackwater massacre)—making a mockery of democracy or rule of law
  • The profit motive is often counter to the military’s goals and the nation’s interest—e.g., contractors are paying protection money to war lords and the Taliban in Afghanistan
outsourcing war democracy
Outsourcing War & Democracy

As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 1864

u s arms dealer to the world
U.S.: Arms Dealer to the World

Arms Transfer Agreements with The World,

By Supplier, 2008

Source: Congressional Research Service, Sept. 2009

sales to other countries example israel
Sales to Other Countries:Example Israel

Proposed U.S. Military Aid to Israel


2009 $2.55 billion

2010 $2.70 billion

2011 $2.85 billion

2012 $3.00 billion

2013-2018 $3.15 billion a year

Total 2009-2018: $30.15 Billion

Source: Congressional Research Service: US Foreign Aid to Israel

sales to other countries example israel1
Sales to Other CountriesExample: Israel
  • All recipients of U.S. military assistance must spend the money they receive from U.S. taxpayers only on U.S. weapons dealers like Lockheed Martin.
  • The only exception: Israel must spend 74% of our military aid on U.S. arms dealers ($22.3 B 2009-2018), but is allowed to spend the remaining 26% on Israeli-made weapons.

Source: Congressional Research Service: US Foreign Aid to Israel

sales to other countries example israel2
Sales to Other CountriesExample: Israel

Pentagon Seeks $15.2B Fighter Sale to Israel

Sept. 30, 2008

“The Defense Department said today it wants to sell up to 75 fighter jets to Israel in a $15.2 billion deal for the aircraft expected to be the mainstay of air power in the US for decades. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it notified Congress on Friday that Israel has asked to buy 25 of the F-35s made by Lockheed Martin Corp., with an option to buy an additional 50 at a later date.”

Newser Online News Journal

sales to other countries example israel3
Sales to Other Countries:Example Israel

1. US gives Israel billions of dollars in foreign aid.

2. US requires Israel to spend most of it by buying from US arms manufacturers.

3. Using this money, Israel buys planes from Lockheed Martin.

4. Lockheed Martin makes more profits.

White phosphorus:

Causes deep burns through muscle and down to the bone, continuing to burn until deprived of oxygen.

Can contaminate other parts of the body, poisoning and irreparably damaging internal organs.

Is extremely painful and very lethal.

White phosphorus was used extensively in the war on Gaza 2008-09

Fragments of a US-made M155 white phosphorus carrier artillery shell fired by Israeli forces into Gaza

Source: Amnesty International

remains of a us made hellfire missile that killed 3 paramedics and a child in gaza
War on Gaza, ‘08-’09:

American-made planes

Dropping American-made bombs

Paid for with American taxpayer funds

Remains of a US-made Hellfire missile that killed 3 paramedics and a child in Gaza.

Source: Amnesty International

a weaker economy
A Weaker Economy

The more a country spends on the military relative to its economy:

  • The slower the economic growth
  • The higher the unemployment
  • The slower the productivity growth

Source: Council on Economic Priorities

a weaker economy1
A Weaker Economy

Money to finance wars displaces productive investment, for example to rebuild infrastructure.

As a result of not making these investments, future output in the U.S. will be smaller.

  • Source: Stiglitz and Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War
financing costs affect future economic growth
Financing Costs: Affect Future Economic Growth

Money to finance the current wars is borrowed, largely from foreigners.

This money has to be repaid, with interest. A huge national debt comes at the expense of domestic investment and future growth. Owing this debt to foreigners increases our vulnerability to foreign control of markets and policy.

  • Source: Stiglitz and Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War
interest costs of iraq war
Interest Costs of Iraq War

Interest costs alone are so high that they will soon dwarf federal spending on other priorities

Source: Congressional Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, Nov. 2007

future costs burden our economy
Future Costs Burden Our Economy

Future significant costs of current wars, e.g., continuing treatment for those wounded, will help restrain economic growth

  • Source: Stiglitz and Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War
projected costs of wars through 2017 3 5 trillion almost 50 000 per family
Projected Costs of Wars Through 2017: $3.5 TrillionAlmost $50,000 per Family

Source: Congressional Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, Nov. 2007

total estimated costs of iraq afghanistan 3 5 trillion
Total Estimated Costs of Iraq & Afghanistan: $3.5 Trillion

With $3.5 trillion, for the next 133 years, we could send every 18-year-old in the U.S. to a state university. We could pay all their education expenses--tuition, fees, and room and board--for four years.

environmental costs
Environmental Costs
  • The U.S. military is the biggest polluter in the world, generating an estimated 750,000 tons of toxic waste every year
  • The military burns an estimated 20 million gallons of gasoline daily—about the same as the entire country of Iran

Sources: Graydon Carter; Barry Sanders

environmental costs1
Environmental Costs

Even if every person, every automobile, and every factory suddenly emitted zero emissions, the Earth would still be headed toward total disaster:

The US military produces enough greenhouse gases, by itself, to place our species in imminent danger of extinction

Sources: Graydon Carter; Barry Sanders

costs of militarism
Costs of Militarism
  • We have less to invest in new businesses and new ways of doing things—our economy is weaker.
  • We have less to spend on health, education, infrastructure, art and culture.
  • We all have to work harder and longer hours, just to stay even.
  • We endanger the climate and the ability of human beings to live on earth.
threat to democracy
Threat to Democracy
  • Militarism restricts freedom at home
    • Freedom of speech (e.g., Eugene Debs imprisoned for several years because of opposition to World War I)
    • People today fearful of protesting—might lose jobs
  • Militarism expands government surveillance of citizens
    • Patriot Act
    • NSA data mining
threat to democracy1
Threat to Democracy
  • Militarism involves immense amounts of money that corrupt the political system
    • Campaign contributions and election ads by war profiteers
    • Lobbying by war profiteers and other corporations (e.g., oil)
  • Militarism leads to secrecy which is incompatible with democracy
    • The “State Secrets Privilege”: invoked 23 times by Bush & used to dismiss entire cases without regard to the merits—now used by Obama
    • The hiding of the “Pentagon Papers” during the Vietnam War
threat to democracy2
Threat to Democracy
  • Militarism erodes fundamental rights
    • Denial of Habeas Corpus in “War on Terror”
    • Legalization of torture
    • Military Commissions Act of 2006, creating kangaroo courts
  • Militarism demonizes certain citizens--who then lose basic rights
    • Japanese-Americans in WW II
    • Muslims and Arab Americans today
threat to democracy3
Threat to Democracy
  • Militarism alters the balance of power in our form of government
    • One person now effectively declares war, not Congress
    • As “Commander in Chief,” all Presidents use “patriotism” to garner power—and today the presidency is more powerful than ever in our history
threat to democracy4
Threat to Democracy
  • Militarism leads to powerful secret paramilitary organizations, illegal actions by government, and lack of accountability—destroying the rule of law
    • CIA – Illegal violence in Chile, Iran, Central America, Pakistan
    • “Extraordinary rendition”— kidnappings and disappearances
    • CIA Black Sites—secret prisons, beyond any law
    • Contractors—beyond oversight
threat to democracy5
Threat to Democracy

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is . . . most to be dreaded because it comprises . . . the germ of every other. . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison

policy changes we need
Policy Changes We Need
  • Close foreign bases
  • End war profiteering
  • Dramatically reduce military contracting and the outsourcing of war
  • Leave Iraq and Afghanistan--completely
  • Cut the military budget
close foreign bases
Close Foreign Bases

The Declaration of Independence criticizes the British "for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us" and "for protecting them . . . from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these States.“

Foreign bases create enemies and make us less safe.

the movement to end foreign bases1
The Movement to End Foreign Bases

Source: International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

end war profiteering
End War Profiteering

FDR , during World War II:

"I don't want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.“


  • Supported broad increases in the corporate income tax;
  • Raised the excess-profits tax to 90 percent; and
  • Charged the Office of War Mobilization with the task of eliminating illegal profits.
stop using mercenaries and other contractors
Stop Using Mercenariesand Other Contractors
  • No accountability
  • Much more expensive
  • Make war too easy
get out of iraq and afghanistan
Get Out of Iraq and Afghanistan

These wars:

  • Are creating new enemies, making us less safe
  • Are destroying our economy
  • Are killing and maiming our young people—as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis

Leave no bases or contractors behind!

cut the military budget
Cut the Military Budget

We can cut the military budget substantially if we:

Close foreign military bases

End occupations and wars

Stop war profiteering

End use of mercenaries and other contractors

how much should we cut the budget
How Much Should We Cut the Budget?

Rep. Barney Frank’s goal:

Cut the military budget by 25%

how much should we cut the budget1
How Much Should We Cut the Budget?

Andrew Bacevich:

We should reduce the US military budget to a level that does not exceed the combined military spending of all ten of the next highest-spending countries in the world.

Source: National Priorities Project—Security Spending Primer

cut the military budget1
Cut the Military Budget

The annual “Unified Security Budget” specifies ways to cut the military budget and refocus spending for real security.

Check it out: from Foreign Policy in Focus.

the cost of militarism
The Cost of Militarism

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

Dwight Eisenhower

join the movement peace demands action
Join the movement.PeaceDemands Action.
  • Foreign Policy in Focus
  • Center for Arms Control
  • National Priorities Project
  • Peace Action
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Pax Christi
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • etc, etc, etc.







Join Us:

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be a one minute activist
Be A One-Minute Activist

Don’t feel like you can make that kind of time? There are other ways you can be part of the solution:

  • Sign up for Peace Action Montgomery’s bi-monthly email letter—and take the actions we suggest
  • Host an educational event through your church, community group, neighborhood
  • Contribute: money is power

Find what you can do—and do that


Peace Action Montgomery

  • American Forces Press Service,
  • American Friends Service Committee,
  • Amnesty International,
  • Center for Arms Control and Non Proliferation, 2009 Briefing Book,
  • Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, “Putting Afghanistan Troop Increases in Perspective,” Dec. 2.
  • Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, “Analysis of 2010 Defense Authorization Agreement,” Oct. 21, 2009.
  • Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation:
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,
  • Chalmers Johnson, America’s Empire of Bases.
  • Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Interim Report, June 2009:
sources continued
Sources, continued
  • CNN , Congress to Probe Private Military Contractors in Afghanistan:
  • Congressional Joint Economic Committee Majority Report. War At Any Price?:
  • Congressional Research Service Report RL 33110, September 28, 2009
  • Congressional Research Service Report R40764, September 21, 2009,
  • Congressional Research Service Report RL 33222, US Foreign Aid to Israel,
  • Congressional Research Service:
  • Anita Dancs, Mary Orisich, Suzanne Smith, The Military Costs of Securing Energy (National Priorities Project – October 2008)
  • Foreign Policy in Focus:
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation, “Keeping Military Spending in Balance with the Nation’s Priorities,” March 16, 2009.
  • Huck Gutman,
  • Iraq Coalition Casualties:
  • Jeremy Scahill, interviewed by Bill Moyers, June 2009.
sources continued1
Sources, continued
  • John Feffer, “Good War vs. Great Society,” Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 22, 2009.
  • Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War, Norton & Co., 2008.
  • Just Foreign Policy:
  • National Priorities Project:
  • Newser:
  • Peace Corps Web Site,
  • Refugees International:
  • Right Web: Committee for the Liberation of Iraq:
  • Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier , “The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities ,” , Oct. 9, 2009:
  • U.S. Budget:
  • United States Navy Fact File,, accessed November 15, 2009.
  • War Resisters League:
  • Widipedia: Lockheed Martin
  • Ycharts: Lockheed Martin:

The following slides are extras, originally developed for this presentation, but which I decided not to use. Some people may want to use these, however, depending on specific needs.

u s discretionary budget fy 09
U.S. Discretionary Budget, FY 09

FY 2010 military spending is projected to be almost 9% greater than FY 2009.

“National Defense” in chart does not include veterans’ benefits—4% more.

Source: Budget of the U.S. Government, FY2009, Analytical Perspectives, Table 27-1

2010budget military recruitment vs peace corps
2010Budget: Military Recruitment vs. Peace Corps


Sources: American Forces Press Service; Peace Corps Web Site

federal spending on war vs other priorities 2007
Federal Spending on War vs. Other Priorities, 2007

Source: Congressional Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, Nov. 2007

with 3 billion montgomery county could instead have paid for
With $3 Billion, Montgomery County Could Instead Have Paid For:
  • Renewable electricity for 2.8 million homes
        • Threat not addressed: global warming
  • 16,338 affordable housing units
        • Threat not addressed: homelessness and poverty

Source: National Priorities Project

discretionary budget fy 09
Discretionary Budget, FY 09

Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

outsourcing war contractors vs troops in afghanistan
Outsourcing War:Contractors vs. Troops in Afghanistan

Source: Congressional Research Service, DOD Contractors

u s environmental priorities
U.S. Environmental Priorities

In 2009, the U.S. will:

  • Spend $100 billion on securing energy access through the military
  • Invest $1.26 billion in renewable energy

Source: Dancs, Orisich, Smith

how much
How Much?

FY 2010 “national security budget” :

$716 billion (including expected supplemental)

Total is 8.8% higher than in FY 2009

“National security budget” includes: DOD, nuclear weapons and related defense activities, and Iraq and Afghanistan wars

Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

how else could we spend 1 trillion
How Else Could We Spend $1 Trillion?
  • We could double funding for the National Cancer Institute—for 100 years
  • We could pay for a new Marshall Plan--ten times over
  • We could fund the UN Millennium Development Goals 16 times over
with 3 billion montgomery county could instead have paid for1
With $3 Billion, Montgomery County Could Instead Have Paid For:
  • Health care for 1.2 million children for one year
        • Threat not addressed: unnecessary death and illness of children
  • 51,479 port container inspectors.
        • Threat not addressed: protection of borders

Source: National Priorities Project

direct plus indirect costs of wars through 2008 total 20 900 per u s family
Direct Plus Indirect Costs of Wars Through 2008Total: $20,900 Per U.S. Family

Direct war costs include all estimated budgeted costs of the war to the federal government. Indirect costs are all other economic costs.

Source: Congressional Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, Nov. 2007

dod contracting procurement budgets fy 00 fy 08
DOD Contracting: Procurement Budgets, FY 00 – FY 08

Source: Center for Arms Control and Nonprolieration

comparative war costs
Comparative War Costs

As of Oct. 2008

Source: National Priorities Project

jobs created with 1 billion spending
Jobs Created with $1 Billion Spending

Number of Jobs with Annual Wages Between $32,000 and $64,000

Total Jobs Created

Education Health Care Clean Energy Consumption Military

Source: Pollin & Garrett-Peltier, 2009