it doesn’t add up!
- Defense spending as % of GDP circa 2005: America – 4.06%; Great Britain – 2.4%; Canada – 1.10% (Source: 2005 CIA Factbook)
- Government spending expressed as a percent of Gross Domestic Product was based on a total GDP of $14,660.4 billion for calendar year 2010 reported, by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
- 2010 net Government expenditure as percent of GDP: America – 38.9%; Great Britain – 47.3%; Canada – 39.7% (Source: Heritage Foundation & Wall Street Journal)
- Total Government military forces per 1000 citizens: America – 9.8; Great Britain – 6.1; Canada – 3.6; China – 3.4 (Source: Wikipedia)
- The Department of Defense has a [publicly listed] budget of four hundred nineteen point three billion dollars and more than three million employees. (Source DoD webpage)
- The U.S. active duty military as of 2010 is listed at 1.4 million, reserves at 1.3 million
- DoD’s physical plant is huge by any standard, consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. When all sites are added together, the Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land. Approximately the size of Ohio, or Pennsylvania (Source: DoD Webpage)
- One in three Federal employees works for the DoD; two of every three works for some agency included in “Defense”: (Meaning DoD, Veterans Admin, Homeland Security)
- Since the 9-11 terror attack, the Pentagon has added 4 additional four-star flag officers, 23 extra three-stars, 5 extra two-stars, and 12 extra one-stars. We have as many flags officers commanding the 1.4 million GIs today as we had during World War II when 12 million were in uniform! (Source: G2Mil.com)
- The number of Executive Branch employees has declined significantly during the past fifty years: In 1982, under Pres. Reagan there were 2.77 million employees for the 232 million citizens, a rate of 11.9 per 1,000 population. By 2010, under Pres. Obama there were 2.65 million employees for the 310 million citizens, a rate of 8.4 per 1,000 population. (Source: Washington Post article)
- Would representatives in Congress be paid during a Government shutdown? Speaker Boehner asserts they will not be paid – but there is nothing in legislation that will mandate that happening. Thus they may “choose” not to be paid. What about retroactive payments? Hmm….(Source: N.Y.Times Article)
- Of the 29.5 million Federal contracts active in 2010, valued at $4.56 trillion dollars, over 50% went to segments under the heading of “Defense Related Appropriations” (Source: USA Spending.gov)
- The three valuations spoken about most often: annual U.S. Gross Domestic Product, Federal Debt, and National Decline in Net Worth due to the 2009 Depression – all are approximately equal: $12-14 trillion dollars. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Unlike every other government department, the DoD has never submitted a budget to Congress or the President. (Source: Congressional Record)
- The estimated direct cost of OIF in 2004, the occupation of Iraq, has been put at $5.4 billion per month. (Source: USA Today)
- Between FY2009 and FY2010, average monthly DOD spending for Afghanistan grew from $4.4 billion to $6.7 billion a month, a 50% increase while average troop strength almost doubled from 44,000 to 84,000 as part of the troop surge announced by the President last year. (Source: Congressional Research Center report Mar. 2011)
- DOD’s average monthly spending in Iraq fell from $7.9 billion to $6.2 billion or by about 20% while troop strength dropped from 141,000 to 96,000, by about one-third, as the U.S. withdrawal continues. (Source: Congressional Research Center report Mar. 2011)<————————————->
So trying to make sense of the numbers, we can say
- America has fielded approximately 200,000 troops in OIF/OEF for a decade at a direct cost of not less than $150 billion per year, ostensibly to get rid of two bad guys: Osama and Saddam. And if that was the actual justification – why the hell are we still there when these two are dead?
- The actual annual direct expenditure for DoD components of the recent Federal budget is not less than 4.06% of GDP, or $595 billion per year. Adding in the “off-budget” items, [OIF/OEF] brings the total over $830 billion annually.
- Over half of the money in contracts, and over two thirds of Federal Government employment is concentrated in “Defense” agencies.
- Between 1.3 and 1.9 trillion dollars will be spent for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the period 2001-2015
- The most dramatic increases in National Debt, Federal Employment, and Budget deficits since 1945 occurred during Republican administrations: Reagan and Bush.
- We have converted the U.S. Military into a top-heavy, outsourced, and privatized fighting force employed for geo-political goals, not to directly counteract aggression by other States
- We have made America into the “Arms Merchant” of the World, providing armaments to the most autocratic, corrupt, and un-democratic countries on the planet.
- We have allowed the press, political entities, and the force of our laws to create an environment where the only acknowledged purpose of Government is “National Defense”.
- Most DoD civilian employees and contractors will be paid in case of a government shutdown; but FAA controllers, FDA inspectors, SSA & HHS case workers have to go home without pay.
The madness must stop !!