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Planned Defense Spending Increases Were Incorrectly Reported by the Media. What Are the Realities?

3-2-16-By Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US. Addition to Feb 17, 2017 post.

Military Readiness Has Declined: What Does It Take to Restore US Capabilities? On Fox Business General Jack Keane, who declined Trump’s offer to be Defense Secretary, made some comments on the readiness of our military. Our low recent defense spending has depleted our military readiness. 50-75% of our aircraft are not ready to fly. One-third of our combat units are not ready to deploy. He believes 4 years of spending at a $100 billion rate will restore our capabilities.

Armchair Politician Comment: Trump’s proposed $54 billion increase, plus a possible $30 billion increase to fight ISIS, should take the US budget to about the 5.1% level of 2011, before the deterioration of our defense capabilities began. This is in the range suggested by General Keane. The increase should only be necessary for 4 years, and defense spending could decline after that.

President Trump is planning to increase defense spending by $54 billion, about a 6.3% increase in overall defense spending. The CBS and ABC nightly news forecasts incorrectly called this a 10% increase in defense spending. We will examine the realities.

We face a range of defense challenges, including ISIS, Iran, Russia, and North Korea. President Trump has indicated that defense spending will increase, with nuclear weapons, fighter aircraft, and the US Navy having been mentioned.

A good way to look at defense spending is as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In FY 2017, total US government spending for defense (including military defense, veterans affairs, and foreign policy) is budgeted to be $853.6 billion. This is forecasted to be 4.4% of GDP. Military spending is budgeted at $617.0 billion, Veterans spending is budgeted at $180.8 billion, and foreign policy and foreign aid spending is budgeted at $55.8 billion.

Defense spending stood at 6.8 percent of GDP at the height of the Reagan defense buildup. But, beginning even before the breakup of the Soviet Union it began a decline, reaching below 6 percent in 1990, below 4 percent in 1996 and bottoming out at 3.5 percent of GDP in 2001, about half the level of 1985.

But 9/11, the terrorist attack on iconic US buildings in 2001, changed that, and defense spending began a substantial increase in two stages. First, it increased to 4.6 percent by 2005 for the invasion of Iraq, and then to 5.0 percent in 2008 for the the “surge” in Iraq. Spending increased further to 5.7 percent in 2011 with the stepped up effort in Afghanistan. Defense spending is expected to decline to 4.5 percent of GDP in 2015 and 3.8 percent GDP by 2020.

Armchair Politician Opinion: Defense Spending Increases Keep Such Spending Within Normal

President Trump is planning to increase defense spending by $54 billion, about a 6.3% increase in overall defense spending. This is an amount that keeps defense spending in what can be considered a normal range. Since increasing the National Debt is always an issue. This aspect will have to be addressed in the context of an overall budget.

In 2014, the US spent 3.5% of GDP on defense. Russia was at 4.5% of GDP and China was at 2.1%. Defense spending is partly about upgrading US military capabilities, and also incurring the costs of confronting major threats, including ISIS.

Starting at about 4.4% of GDP, there is room to increase defense spending, and stay within normal ranges. This should still be below the 5.1% spent in 2011 before the Obama Administration began substantial defense spending reductions.

28 comments to Planned Defense Spending Increases Were Incorrectly Reported by the Media. What Are the Realities?

  • Kevin Crane

    Hello Brad,

    I am curious how you arrived at your percentages. According to the wikipedia page linked below the approved military budget for this year is $523.9 this $54 billion would amount to a greater than 10% increase.

    Also I believe the Obama Administration began spending reductions because of the sequestration restrictions put in place by Congress.

    Regards,
    Kevin

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