For 2015, how big is the US military budget?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are at least two different ways to describe how big the United States military budget is for the year 2015.  Let us look at each.

On the one hand, we can describe the military budget in absolute terms.  That means that we are simply saying how many dollars are spent on the military.  In that case, the answer is that the 2015 military budget for the United States is $545.5 billion.

However, this does not necessarily tell us all we would like to know.  We might want to know, instead, how big the military budget is compared to the rest of the budget.  In other words, what percentage of our government’s spending goes to the military?  If that is the question, the answer is that military spending makes up 16% of our government’s spending.  

Please follow the link below for more information on the US budget for 2015.