Secret Military Spending: The US Is Doing It

According to the United States Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2012, of the nearly $3.8 trillion to be spent, nearly a full quarter of it (24%) is assigned to the broad category of Defense. Much is made of the Pentagon’s budget in terms of aggregate dollars (and it’s a big number), but the truth about military spending is that many of the expenditures are used in operations deemed in the interest of national security. As such, these unknown military programs and international espionage initiatives are considered too vital for open financial accounting, necessitating a portion of the military budget to be provided regardless of the cost and the lack of an explanation. Military waste has been well-documented, but secret military waste has not.

In addition to accounted expenses in the Pentagon budget, off-budget operations are also implemented and the money for those operations is often cloaked in as much secrecy as the operations themselves with the the rationale of national security. Only a select few within the Pentagon know how the money is used. Neither is fund procurement well explained: providing “black” funds for “black” ops behind the highly convenient claim of national security creates a climate of distrust because accountability is non-existent and the only response is “just trust us.”

From: Online Military Education

Secret Military Spending: The US Is Doing It


  1. nytegeek says:

    The thing that people don’t seem to remember or understand is that the purpose of defense spending is to avoid war yet be prepared should it become inevitable. The military doesn’t just fight, it also provides aide and rebuilds where needed. They see defense spending and instantly jump to war without considering all the other nessacary and vital roles of a military. Reducing unnecessary spending is a good idea, just try looking at a program with less bias when evaluating it’s budget.

  2. oportosanto says:

    Excellent post, but sad at the same time. I could only read billions and billions and billions and what do we conclude? War is the motor of the US economy, so naturally the government wants war and not peace.

  3. It is more like a secret for the people of US.
    This is in one hand a really nice looking picture full of interesting infographics but these are really big numbers to speak, so!
    Of course America was always free spending kind of country.

  4. phoenix2015 says:

    I was in the Navy back in the late 90’s. I was a pharmacy technician stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego, one of the biggest and busiest, if not the biggest and busiest Naval Pharmacy. The pharmacy was extremely busy, and in the process of trying to keep up with all of the prescriptions coming in, I witnessed a lot of pills falling on the floor, hundreds if not thousands of dollars falling to the floor daily. Nobody seemed to be concerned with it. These are only pills and this is only one pharmacy. I can only imagine the waste that goes on in other areas.

    Concerning the amount of money the US spends, it seems if some portions of the economy are dependent on military spending. The US spends a huge portion of the budget for personnel. What would thousands of unemployed troops looking for work in an already tight job market look like? Also, the economies of many communities in the US and abroad are dependent on US military bases. Any thoughts on this?

  5. dharris18 says:

    I served in the military for over 4 years and did two tours overseas. This is a very accurate depiction of the wasted dollars that go on within the military period. There’s actually even more that comes to mind as far as areas where money was wasted. Some of the ways the money for military is spent dumbfounded myself and fellow soldiers, the things we needed always seemed a hassle to get, yet money was thrown at things all the time that wasn’t necessary. The wasted money not only needs to be addressed but fixed and sooner than later imagine all the good things that could be done with the money, even more than just this article pointed out.

  6. Diane Lane says:

    I do think we are spending way more than our share of what’s needed to keep things relatively peaceful. Obviously the budget increased after 2001 as a result, and in response to, the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I don’t have a problem with us protecting our country and our allies, as long as they do their share, and as long as the money isn’t wasted, which some of it obviously is. I’m in favor of a strong military, and the world isn’t becoming more peaceful, but I don’t think enough of those funds are trickling down to the people who need it.

  7. Ruth Martin says:

    These are great infographics which puts all the military spending a bit more into perspective. Seeing it in the visual here is beneficial because it makes it more real (and more frightening) then just reading about it or hearing about it. One of the reasons I think the US is so far in debt is because the big guys who do the big spending don’t really care! And we little people are a drop in the bucket and can only do a little saving in our own homes which will never be enough to make a big difference.

  8. The number for China does not consider that China can field 100 million people between its active-duty and reserve units. China now has its own carrier. Our own units are cost more due to the tech we go with into battle.

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