Essay on Great Military Leader and The Military Budgeting

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Mankind must put an end to war, before war puts an end to mankind, John F. Kennedy. The U.S. military budget is a great cause for concern both for the federal deficit and the matter of safety. While there are many changes that need to be made to our federal budget one of the most evident issues is the amount of money the United States spends on the military. The United States needs to cut its military spending to aid in reducing the deficit, increase American safety, bring the global view of America back into a positive light, and help foreign relations with other governments.
The United States had to borrower over 514 billion dollars last year in order to cover our national budget, and of the 3.881 trillion dollar budget 640 billion of it was used towards our military spending. In comparison to other military world leaders the United States spends more than the top eight world countries combined as seen in the graph to the left, clearly there is room for cuts. The United States could cut its military spending by over 66% and still be spending more than the next top military spender, China at 188 billion together (Peterson Foundation, 2014). Some of the proposed cuts involved are troop reductions, equipment and vehicle downsizing as well as global military base cuts. One of the most staggering statistics to coincide with our military spending compared to other countries is how many global bases the United States currently has compared to them as well. It costs the United…