You might also take a look at the whole defense budget, which will reach almost $500 billion, and which is characterized as…
…a sound path to responsibly meet the risks and challenges of the current national security environment.
It actually is a reduction in military spending from last year ($526 billion), but it’s still obscenely high.
Is it reassuring to know that we have a military that out spends the military of China, Russia, the UK, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, and Brazil? I guess we can pick a fight with everyone all at once. Maybe the logic is that we can’t afford to have kids fill their heads with book-learnin’ when their most important job is to fill the ranks of the army.