The U.S. military is considered to be one of the largest employers in the country. With more than 1 million active-duty soldiers, reserve soldier, and the employees that work in this service, they will need a huge amount of us military budget to operate. President Donald Trump stated the estimation of the budget that U.S. military use at the $750 billion. However, the reality is more than that.
The Four Area of Budget Spending
Actually, there are four areas where most of the U.S. military budget was spending into. The first area is the Department of Defense. For this institution, the government spends around $576 billion. This number is used to operate the National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy.
Moreover, the U.S. Department of Defense also uses it for developing new technology for defense purpose. According to the report, they spend $9.6 billion on developing cyberstrategy and artificial intelligence. It’s necessary, though. Today, we don’t only face the physical attack, but also the digital attack.
The next area is the budget for overseas operation. The War of Terror plan, where the U.S. fight against many terrorist groups mainly the Islamic State group, takes around $174 billion. Then, there is also an additional cost for other departments that supports this operation that can easily reach $26.1 billion. From these two areas, we can see that the military budget spending is more than what President Trumps said.
The third area is the budget for protecting the country. It reaches more than $212.9 billion. If we have to make it into detailed information, this amount of budget was spent for:
– Department of Veteran Affairs – $93.1 billion,
– Homeland Security – $51.7 billion,
– State Department – $42.8 billion,
– National Nuclear Security Administration which is the part of Department of Energy – $16.5 billion
– The rest of it for FBI and Cybersecurity of the Department of Justice.
The Department of Veteran Affairs may spend more than that number. In 2018, it reported that there was an increase of $10 billion in the fund that this institution used. Mostly, the increase was used to fund some changes and a new system of Veteran Affairs.
The last area is the Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) fund. It is different than the fund that this country spent on the war against terrorism. This one was used for the State Department and Homeland Security service for overseas operation.
Actually, the U.S. Department of Defense has tried to appeal to Congress to reduce the budget for military needs. They offer three solutions. First, reduce the civilian workforce. Then, raise the pay and benefits cost for the soldier, which also help the institution to save money for their insurance and such. The last solution is closing the military base that doesn’t hole important role.
Basically, the amount of us military budget that this country spent on military purpose has been increased for the past 5 years. This year and next year, the expert estimates that the military budget is close to $1 trillion. It seems that the government wastes too much money for the military, where it’s supposed to be used for strengthening the domestic economy.