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    Just look at how much they spent last year!
    Is America up to something?

    Just try add all the other nations budgets together and you can't beat USA's.
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    (Original post by 2016_GCSE)
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    Just look at how much they spent last year!
    Is America up to something?

    Just try add all the other nations budgets together and you can't beat USA's.
    Global superpower, defenders of trade,
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    Uncle Sam needs to protect his children and feed America's domestic defence industries

    It's been this way for years, if they were really "up to something" secret it would have happened by now
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    Paranoid.
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    Because the defence budget for the rest of NATO doesn't really match up... so in a way, its a subsidisation...

    But basically, it needs it to support their Foreign Policy doctrine
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    1) Not actually sure those figures are entirely accurate.

    2) When you measure other nations defence spending by PPP and not by nominal exchange rates, then other countries are spending more comparatively than it might look. For example from 'Global Security' -

    ''The United States' in February 2011 request totalled of $671 billion, so the US military budget declined by about the same percentage by which the Chinese budget increased. The Chinese military budget, at official exchange rates, is one-seventh that of the United States. But on a more appropriate purchasing power parity (PPP) basis, the Chinese military expenditure is about $500,000,000,000, about three-quarters that of the United States.''

    3) The US has global interests and therefore global commitments, and thus a doctrine of projecting power all over the world to serve them. In comparison, other nations can choose to project power only in certain areas (most likely their own backyards), as that is enough to secure their current interests, and can therefore spend less to achieve a near level of military capability in a smaller area.
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    (Original post by 2016_GCSE)
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    Just look at how much they spent last year!
    Is America up to something?

    Just try add all the other nations budgets together and you can't beat USA's.
    They are the only global superpower.
    They have large armed forces
    They are a big country and extend their operations all over the world.
    They buy expensive and advanced equipment.
    They pay higher salaries.

    Why havent you figured that out by yourself?
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    Yes, they are up to something. Preserving international stability in the world's most volatile regions from the Middle East to East Asia. If the US didn't step up in the way that it had since the Cold War, the world would be a much more dangerous and unstable place with alternate powers with much less legitimacy and influence shaping the world in their image. It is true that US foreign policy has been disastrous in many ways and has contributed to the many problems we have today, but something has to rule the world and I prefer that to be shaped by the ideals of the West. This is one of the things that worries me about Trump's foreign policy, reducing US presence both materially and structurally, despite agreeing with him on most major issues.
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    Two main reasons.

    1. The US is a huge country. Many of our states are the size of a European nation-state. China has a larger military based on number of people, though. In reality, a lot of that military power is just the result of all the militaries that would belong to a single state otherwise being combined into a single national force.

    2. On top of protecting our own borders, we're responsible for protecting other nations and looking out for Western interests. The European empires used to play those roles back in the early 20th century and late 19th, and someone had to fill their shoes after their empires fell apart and everyone demilitarized. The US was the only country willing to step in at the time, and that's been the status quo ever since.

    The thing is, nature abhors a vacuum. While you might not like America being the world police (even some Americans don't like it), just think what would happen if we didn't. Obama just slacked off a little bit, but imagine if we withdrew all our soldiers and ships back to the US itself, and downsized the military. Who would take advantage of the power vacuum left in place?

    Europe would probably be forced to militarize again just to protect itself. Theoretically, the UN could do something, but in practice the nations of the UN have very different interests and are unlikely to agree on anything often enough to take action when it's needed.
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    because they are scared *****es after what happened in 9/11. they think that they can sort the world's terrorism and other problems via the military. the only way to stop terrorism and the world's problems are by having a scientifically literate president like Dr. Niel Degrasse Tyson, the biggest issue that needs to be sorted out is not terrorism its global warming. people in power are not scientifically literate so they deny anything to do with global warming. Florida will be flooded in 5 years or so.
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    It isn't that much relatively speaking its 4.3% of GDP ranking it 11th in terms of size of the budget though



    First after the leap in WWII The Americans had a nice race with the soviets in spending and found plenty of wars to fight which kept it high
    secondly, The Americans have always tried to have a high-tech army [stealth, lazer guidance, drones etc.] and be on top of this which means ploughing a tonne of money into R&D and precurement about 12% of the budget
    Thirdly, they've allowed the MIC to become obscenely powerful in terms of lobbying and ability to blackmail e.g. the numbers employed by Boeing, Lockheed etc. would rather dislike whomever got them fired through cuts
    Fourth, Massive amounts spent on foreign military aid to people like Pakistan, Israel etc. and as of late to countries they've turned to rubble to rebuild
    fith, a lot is based on projected needs which gives those lobbying for funding to the military an incentive not to cut costs
    sixth, inefficency and fraud - its so big it just eats money through small things plus fraud like people claiming millions for odd projects like shipping 6 goats for several million
    seventh, political suicide for many politicions to try and get it cut e.g. states with defence firms plants in them, states with missile silos in them and so on.
    eighth, corruption/sweet heart deals/favours/in too deep the F-35 is a prime example for this its now cost so much money that they cant cancel the project and senators granting contracts to firms that are donors or that manufacture in their state, people fudging the figures such as delaying cost over runs to appear on the balance sheets for a while
    lastly, and most expensive of them all is the basic pay and benefits package for the DoD which was roughly $150,000,000,000
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    Pax Americana.
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    So they can do as they please in the world, except in China and Russia
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    (Original post by Napp)
    It isn't that much relatively speaking its 4.3% of GDP ranking it 11th in terms of size of the budget though
    Care to link this list then?

    A strict % of GDP alone is misleading.
    4.3% of a very large GDP is a big deal.
    50% of not a lot is still not a lot.
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    Because the slash education budget and don't have universal healthcare. That way they have more money to bomb brown people.
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    Because it's the leader of the free world.
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    The US took on the role of global policeman after the fall of the British Empire in the wake of World War 2. Because other NATO members are rather reluctant to spend more than 2% of their GDP on defense, the US has to take on most of the burden as "protector of the free world." This requires an immense military budget.

    They also need to support their enormous defense industry. If they were to slash spending, tens of thousands of jobs would be lost. A substantial portion of the money they spend goes into buying equipment that will never see the outside of a store room, or is sunk into research and development projects that head nowhere. Again, to support their industry.

    And of course, 'Murcia has to be #1 in everything.*
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    Care to link this list then?

    A strict % of GDP alone is misleading.
    4.3% of a very large GDP is a big deal.
    50% of not a lot is still not a lot.
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2034rank.html

    It should be noted that list is from 2012 so it may be slightly different now.
    Indeed it is I meant in terms of being reltive to other countries GDP e.g. If say Armenia coughed up 50% of its GDP it is relatively speaking peanuts to most other countries but a vast slab of its cash thus in those terms Americas is small.
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    (Original post by 2016_GCSE)
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    Just look at how much they spent last year!
    Is America up to something?

    Just try add all the other nations budgets together and you can't beat USA's.
    Not true, the global total is nearly 3x the US total, but that is simply the cost of having a large, advanced, well equiped military

    They also don't spend as much proportionally as several other countries. The Sauidis spend about 14% of GDP on defence, UAD nearly 6%, Russia and Israel both about 5.4% (that Russian figure is old and likely higher these days), the US "only" 3.9%, and that's without considering much poorer nations, some of the African states have very high proportions of GDP going to defence.

    Also consider there are 1.3m active military personnel and a further 800k reservists

    Further you get that the US simply didn't have the spending drop most countries did in the early 90s, we used to spend 6% of GDP on defence, was still nearly 5 in 90, but has been dropping since. The US never really had the sharper part of the decline but still has a gradual decline, and Russia had a massive crash in 91/2 but are massively boosting spending now. It's simply part of being a superpower.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2034rank.html

    It should be noted that list is from 2012 so it may be slightly different now.
    Indeed it is I meant in terms of being reltive to other countries GDP e.g. If say Armenia coughed up 50% of its GDP it is relatively speaking peanuts to most other countries but a vast slab of its cash thus in those terms Americas is small.
    At least you probided a link.
    Using that comparison is pretty meaningless and gives a pretty distorted view.

    Hence looking at the $ amount. because that is one way of reflecting how many ships, planes and tanks and the quality of them that they can deploy. I hardly think they are qyaking in their boots over S Sudan.
 
 
 
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