Defense

Defense spending increased in 2019 but is 14% lower than its 2010 peak.

The largest portion (about 40%) compensates military and civilian personnel.

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The military is larger today than in 2016 but smaller than in 1980.

In 2019, there were 1.3 million active duty and 760,000 civilian members of the armed forces, a decrease of 38% and 31%, respectively, since 1987.

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We have fewer troops abroad, particularly in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

There were 195,077 active duty and reserve troops abroad in 2019, an 18% decrease from 2016 and 56% from 2008.

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Adjusting for inflation, foreign aid has declined slightly since 2008, and makes up less than 1% of the federal budget

More than a quarter of aid is military assistance.

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Veterans have higher levels of employment, lower rates of poverty, and higher rates of disability than the overall population.

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