Right-Size Defense Spending

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Facts

  • In 2021, the United States made up approximately 4.3 percent of the world’s population, yet we were responsible for 38 percent of the publicized global military expenditures.
  • The United States spends more on defense ($877 billion) than the next ten countries combined.
  • The Defense Department operates approximately 750 bases overseas in at least 80 nations. Russia has 25 current and planned overseas bases, China has five.
  • The United States Defense Department’s weapons program is inefficient, with the current poster child for costly and inefficient weapons being the F-35 combat aircraft. The Pentagon is set to purchase more than 2,400 F-35s for $1.7 trillion, making the F-35 the most expensive weapons project of all time.

The Solutions

  • Create a simplification plan.
  • Reduce the size of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Reduce overseas deployment of troops and bases.
  • Reduce the size of the U.S. Army.
  • Reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal.
  • Ban members of Congress from accepting campaign donations from defense contractors.

A Bold Plan For America

The importance of an informed citizenship has never been higher than in today’s environment of misinformation. In this book, I’ve broken down America’s 14 biggest problems and provided nonpartisan, fact-based solutions on how we can solve them.