NATIONAL- US Military Size Not Tracking With The Defense Budget

W.R (Bill) Collier Jr. – The size of the US military, in terms of manpower and firepower, has not been tracking with the size of the defense budget. In fact, while the number of ships in the Navy, the number of aircraft in the Air Force, and the manpower in all branches, but especially the Army, has decreased since the previous Administration, overall military SPENDING is higher under President Obama than under President Bush. As you can see in the chart below, the Obama years beat almost every Bush year except for 2008 and 2007.  The 2008 Budget beats every year but 2010 and 2011. The 2007 Budget beats the 105 budget.

US Military Budget

The myth that President Obama is cutting the defense budget relative to what President Bush spent overall is not an explanation for the overall decrease in the US Military since 2009.   There is a full report on this here.

The new military budget for FY2017 promises only more cuts, and a reduction in the size of the Army, all the way down to 460,000 troops. In 2011, the Army size was 570,000. Once capable of fighting two major battles in separate theaters and one minor battle in a third theater, the current US military would be hard pressed to fight one major battle anywhere in the world.

With this significant decrease in the size of the military, many are now asking this question; where’s all the money gone if the military is actually shrinking in size?

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