June 23, 2017

Defense Spending is Not Driving the Debt

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This chart shows historical and projected data on the amount our government spends on national defense as a percentage of U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Over the next decade, spending on defense is projected to decrease by 1 percent of GDP.

Source: Congressional Budget Office, January 2016

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  • Defense spending accounts for roughly half of the portion of the budget referred to as discretionary spending, which is determined through the annual...

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