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National Security Spending

Libya Makes Case for Lower Military Spending

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

It's been suggested that the Libyan intervention could "easily pass the $1 billion mark." Only in Washington would $1 billion be considered a minor cost, but in the context of annual military spending, it's a relatively modest sum.

The Real U.S. National Security Budget: The Figure No One Wants You to See

Christopher Hellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Hellman

$1.2 trillion a year. Take that in for a moment. The simplest way to grasp this is to go through what we know about the national security budget, step by step, and add it all up.