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Defense Spending as a Percentage of the Total Federal Budget

Created on November 22, 2011

Defense Spending as a Percentage of the Total Federal Budget

Defense Spending as a Percentage of the Total Federal Budget

Average: 34.4%

Average: 48.1%

1945–2010

1792–1860

2010

2000

1990

1980

1970

1960

1950

1860

1850

1840

1830

1820

1810

1800

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Sources: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), National Defense Budget Estimates for FY 2012, and U.S. Census Bureau, “Annual Report of the Secretary of the Treasury: Federal Government Finances,” Historical Statistics of the United States 1789–1945.