How much of the U.S. military budget can be cut?

How much of the U.S. military budget can be cut?


In the past, Elizabeth Warren has, very importantly,
given a number on the question of “How much money would you cut from the military budget?” In her proposal around Medicare for All, she
proposed cutting $80 billion from the military budget,
which is huge. No other candidate, and virtually no one else
in Congress, has given those kinds of specific numbers yet about what they would be willing
to cut to pay for big, bold new proposals like the Green New Deal, like Medicare for
All. In this debate, when there was discussion
about the Green New Deal, discussion about healthcare, it didn’t come up in connection. We didn’t see that intersectional relationship
between one of the places we can get money is from the military budget. There was a very extensive discussion from
Elizabeth Warren about the $800 billion, which is a very important figure that she has put
forward on a number of occasions, in terms of the wealth tax and how that could be used
for healthcare. The same thing is true, across the board,
for other candidates on the question of cutting the military budget. In fact, in June, when the Poor People’s
Campaign convened a candidates’ forum, there were nine members of the pool of candidates
who were there, including all the major candidates, and seven of the nine were asked, “Would
you cut the military budget?” Every single one said yes. The other two were not — were not asked,
just by chance. One of those two, ironically, was Bernie Sanders,
who has perhaps most consistently talked about cutting the military budget. But the problem was the questions. The questions from the journalists asking
the questions didn’t include, “You’ve all said you would cut the military budget. Now the question has to be: How much?” My colleagues at the National Priorities Project
have put together the numbers, where these cuts can come from. We could cut $66 billion just by ending the
Pentagon’s war slush fund. We could cut $112 billion by cutting just
75% of the 800 overseas military bases. So there’s a way to do this. There’s a way to do this and to make it
real. And that’s what we’re not hearing yet
from the candidates. They’re recognizing that the discourse is
changing and they have to catch up, but they haven’t caught up sufficiently. They’re not listening to the movements. They’re not listening even to the polls.

65 Comments on "How much of the U.S. military budget can be cut?"


  1. Um, yeah… Pentagon, could y'all peel off a few of those billion dollars bills to fortify the US infrastructure and maybe a few band-aids and aspirins for the people? Thanks…

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  2. Russia spends around 60 billion per year can someone please enlighten me why we couldn't spend the same?

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  3. 75% of it. Move all that money into things that matter like healthcare, high speed internet, fast trains, education, smooth roads, clean water systems, food stamps, unemployment benefits, ect

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  4. "We could cut $112B by cutting just 75% of the 800 overseas military bases." Is this realistic? Perhaps I'm totally out of the loop, but as a fellow liberal non-interventionist, this seems like a massive cut that would take years to accomplish without destabilizing the globe (from a US-centric perspective, obviously).

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  5. When trump said he wanted to withdraw from Syria….you leftist lemmings went absolutely apeshit.

    You love war more than repukelicans

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  6. Warren voted for an additional $80 billion to the recent military budget. If it was a bipartisan vote that was so easy to do, then it should be easy enough to raise the same amount or cut military spending conversesly by the same amount to fund M4A and other much needed social programs. Unfortunately, those aren’t the priorities of the politicians from both sides of the aisle. And disappointingly you seem to be reporting on an issue in your own journalistic bubble seemingly unaware of spending precedents that have been set by both houses.

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  7. You could cut $80 billion in waste with some oversight into the Pentagon's finances. $200 billion should be the low end goal.

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  8. 90% of the US military can be cut, 100% of the over thousand bases overseas can be cut. The trillions of dollars being stolen from the American people and given as redistribution of wealth to the offense industry and the spooks can be cut.

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  9. The military-industrial complex is profiting from wars funded by American taxpayers. This is how they take your money.

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  10. Elizabeth's specific number for cutting must be negative…. She just voted to give Trump's military an extra 80 billion

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  11. The US can cut the billions they give to Israel, Egypt and Jordan to maintain a phoney peace. That right there is over 10 billion.

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  12. Close foreign bases. All of them. Bring all the troops home. Mothball 95% all ships ,aircraft,tanks etc. They will call you if they need a hero to save them. Lighting the place on fire and pretending to be a hero is expensive and insane.

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  13. "Cutting just 75% of the overseas bases."

    I live in Canada and would be terrified if the US made major cuts like that. Like it or not the US military serves a very important role in the world that serves many of its allies including Canada Europe and beyond.

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  14. Obviously money is not a solution
    We have to move beyond money or a new system
    A new way of allocation of resources
    The goal should be tords creating abundance no profits
    Just my opinion
    Abundance comes in many forms
    Mind as well as physical
    Digital as well as non digital
    Its vast
    Ephemeralization
    Dematerializition

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  15. The black mirror episode
    Striking viper's
    Good example
    Perhaps one day
    Not because of sex
    But for anything really
    Perhaps sex too
    It's up to the designers
    Hypergamy isn't going to work for everyone or much long I think
    To much inequality
    We have different needs
    Needs can go without
    Wants are reasonable but perhaps not always viable
    So we try to solve it
    To make it visible
    If thsts the calling

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  16. It's not all about materialism or money
    My opinion
    Because if it's only about that
    Its endless wars or crime
    Or absolutely enslaved
    Naturally humans want some reasonable freedoms
    So do robots
    Sophia needs her freedoms too

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  17. Agenda 21 needs more money for the chemical, heavy nano metals (barium, strontium, lithium, aluminum)being dumped on our heads, breaking through our brains' blood barrier!!!!

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  18. The air force cant even sustain its air fleet, 50% of fighter command, 60-70% of bomber command, and 75% of support fleet

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  19. There is so much waste in the military its staggering… anyone whom served in AD will understand wtf im talking about

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  20. The way things are going the “Defense” / War Department will have all the money and then they can tell us how much money we can have.

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  21. preferably all funds to the military industrial genocidal war machine should halt instead we could use that tax payer cash to feed and house people and combat the climate catastrophe that the us military has largely grotesquely added too

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  22. Back in the 90s, the government had a SURPLUS of money BECAUSE they cut the military budget while it wasn't wartime. The only reason it started again was because of 9/11 and that is well in the past. We should move on. Not saying we shouldn't have a military, but there is a point where extra firepower is useless firepower. Also, the US has made many different war weapons that they aren't even using! On top of that we have a natural Geographic advantage, no nation that would even WANT to attack us can get over here unless they're in a submarine or an attack plane, and we have allies to both sides of us. The US is in a very very good place when it comes to being able to defend itself. We really need a big military spending cut
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  23. This is so stupid. Obviously Tulsi is by far the strongest on this, Bernie is second. Warren is a fraud.

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  24. Our military works for multi-national corporations, which not only doesn't benefit us, it hurts Americans along with the rest of the world. The ruling class have no country, values, or capability of feeling empathy, that's the horrific truth.

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  25. Elizabeth Warren just voted to increase the military budget by 80 billion!!!!!! Now this woman is praising her bc she wants to cut it by 80 billion???? Elizabeth Warren always tells voters one thing and does the exact opposite. The typically politician.

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  26. Cutting it by 80 billion would mean she reduced it by about the same amount she voted to increase it recently without Trump even asking.

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  27. much of the technology currently developed by military budget allocated funding for public research could be directed through a different avenue, such as materials science for green tech instead of aerospace. this could have a significant impact on government accounting figures, as well as giving a more conducive research environment which could have far reaching implications for science.

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  28. One of the easiest ways to reduce military spending is the drastically reduce the number of General Officers (star ranks). Their class of 'service member' are one of the main conduits for wasteful military spending.

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  29. Obama gutted the military so Trump had to dramatically increase it,. Its typical the Dems always cut the military budget, and then the Rep increase it

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  30. Cut 75% of the overseas bases and then china moves in and takes over the world, this is exactly what the Kommies want.

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  31. The green new deal? Medicare 4 all? You mean the proposals Warren has abandoned? No thank you Liz, I'll go with the only real Progressive Bernie2020

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  32. We keep talking about Warren’s plan – but she votes for expanses on their budget AND she Just said more people should be enrolling in the military. She has no intention of minimizing the military power- it’s all talk imo.

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  33. It's 60 times bigger than any of it's enemies or friends. Also the most violent, corrupt and failed military in the world. After all who dropped Two Atom Bomb on children and civilians. Less we forget Bikini Atoll today… Best part of the Military was Chelsea Manning !! There's a way to do this – There's a way to do this – There's a way to do this – Get Lost !

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  34. Did amy not challenge her?
    How Liz voted to give trump more money than he even asked for the military?

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