Total spending & military wages, both inflation-adjusted, via Sullyblog:
It seems there is room for cutting here.
… And here’s Sully’s “chart of the year”:
Looks like nine planets circling the big blue sun. Note the bar chart on the right: *combined,* the rest of the top 10 spends under $500B.
I am a little tired of defense spending’s going unquestioned, while people rant about Medicaid spending and raising the Social Security age. God help the Pentagon if it ever has to justify its spending like how other entitlement programs (entitlements for entities other than the defense industry) do.