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Defense Claims a Smaller Percentage of Federal Spending Today Than it Did in 1992

Created on April 5, 2011

Defense Claims a Smaller Percentage of Federal Spending Today Than it Did in 1992

Defense Claims a Smaller Percentage of Federal Spending Today Than it Did in 1992

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1992

Percentage of Total Outlays, Excluding Interest Payments

Compared to 1992, the beginning of the post–Cold War era, today’s defense spending represents a smaller proportion of total federal outlays. In fact, in 2010, defense outlays were nearly 4 percentage points lower than they were in 1992.

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1992 level: 25.2%

NON-DEFENSE OUTLAYS

DEFENSE OUTLAYS

Source: Heritage Foundation calculations based on data from U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2010).