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Defense a Small Share of Federal Spending

Created on November 6, 2015

Defense a Small Share of Federal Spending


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Read the original report, "Assessing Common Arguments for Cutting National Security Spending: Informing Current and Future Budget Debates," by Justin T. Johnson.

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Less than 16 percent of federal spending in FY 2015 will go to national defense. The federal government spends four times as much on social and economic programs.

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Tags: defense, national-security, entitlements