Here are several ways of looking at the costs of U.S. militarism—costs to U.S. taxpayers, costs to U.S. society, and costs to the world.
National Priorities Project
National Priorities Project (NPP) inspires individuals and movements to take action so our federal resources prioritize peace, shared prosperity, and economic security for all.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward.
The War Resisters League Pie Chart
WRL includes non-annually budgeted programs in its figures, which significantly shrinks the amount for military spending. But it also calculates in the percentage of the national debt which is military-related, which brings the military budget percentage up to 48%.
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a national non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to enhancing peace and security through expert policy analysis and thought-provoking research.