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 @ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs8Y

Decrease

 @9FBTW9Y from Washington disagreed…6mos6MO

China is increasing its military budget. why would us decrease our military when our opponent is increasing

 @8X6RGPB from Iowa disagreed…6mos6MO

The defence budget of the US is nearly $900 billion, whereas China's is less than $900 billion. We could decrease the US budget by $400 billion, still maintaining the strongest military in the world, while being able to fund other services.

 @SenateSeatCaviarfrom Alabama disagreed…6mos6MO

That's an interesting perspective, and I see where you're coming from. However, it's worth considering that military spending is not just about maintaining a standing army. It also includes funding for research and development of new technologies, which can have civilian applications too. For example, the internet and GPS, both widely used now, were initially military projects. If we cut the budget drastically, as you suggested, we might risk losing advancements in areas like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and space exploration. What's your take on this aspect?

 @8X6RGPB from Iowa commented…6mos6MO

If we cut the US defense budget by 300-400 billion, we'd still be able to make advancements in technology while still being the most powerful military in the world and having extra money to fund other services (like space exploration). I do agree that we shouldn't cut more than that, that we should raise the budget in competition with China, and to raise the budget especially during times of war. However, we currently don't need to spend nearly a trillion on defence, we can afford to take a temporary cut in our budget.

 @9F8DKVR from Washington agreed…6mos6MO

The U.S. goverment gives the goverment 877 billion dollars a year with no cap this creates massive debt and is money that could be used on other services such as welfare or affordible housing

 @9F7PG3M from Pennsylvania disagreed…6mos6MO

I honestly think they should pay the Military more and give homes to the homeless Veterans that are out on the streets.

 @9FRYCRHWomen’s Equality from Washington agreed…5mos5MO

we are the number one military power in the world we don't need to go into massive debt for no reason

 @ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs8Y

Increase

 @9F8VC8JLibertarian from Louisiana agreed…6mos6MO

America is far and away nearly impossible to invade, our citizens are all armed and we are geographically separated from any major power who could ever threaten us, its 99% certain that there will never be a land invasion of the United States.

 @9JJ99LTLibertarianfrom Pennsylvania commented…1mo1MO

Yeah, land invasion isn't what I'm worried about. Aerial strikes, cyber attacks and other attacks on telecommunications and electricity infrastructure and trade wars are a bigger concern. But I think our defense budget is sufficient for dealing with those although there might need to be some shifts in priorities and where money is being spent.

 @9F7PG3M from Pennsylvania agreed…6mos6MO

Because people don't care about our military people anymore, like they did back when My grandma was young.

 @9F82V2Y from Missouri agreed…6mos6MO

the need to spend more money on our military to make it better so we are more prepared for wars and stuff

 @9F7S87K from North Carolina agreed…6mos6MO

Any government spending stimulates the economy and spending strengthens our ability to fight wars and defend ourselves.

 @ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs8Y

Neither, I am satisfied with the current amount of spending

 @ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs8Y

Increase, but only after our deficit is drastically reduced

 @9FPRV5D from Connecticut disagreed…5mos5MO

We are already the most powerful military in the world, and funding should go more towards the general public.

 @9FRYCRHWomen’s Equality from Washington disagreed…5mos5MO

why would we wait for it to drastically fail we shouldn't raise the military spending unless its failing there isnt a reason to create multiple world threatening devices

 @9FJCDWW from South Carolina disagreed…5mos5MO

The US military is bloated and corrupt, and the conquests of American empire are murderous and unjustifiable. The outsize budget of the military is better spent on desperately needed public programs at home, such as infrastructure maintenance and affordable health care.

 @93GXLNM from Virginia answered…2yrs2Y

Streamline current spending and get rid of wasteful spending and only add funds accordingly

 @8CGQ8R5 from Pennsylvania answered…3yrs3Y

 @93SGY5Y from Washington D.C. answered…2yrs2Y

 @8HPMZ5V from Florida answered…3yrs3Y

Decrease, our current military spending is extremely high and we could always cut back marginally, and also put a large sum of money back towards other areas that need funding such as healthcare and education.

 @94MQMFT from Virginia answered…2yrs2Y

Streamline and get rid of wasteful spending and only add funds accordingly

 @8YTF5B6 from Massachusetts answered…2yrs2Y

 @9CYQ6J7Independent from Washington answered…7mos7MO

 @9D6PYY3 from Kansas answered…7mos7MO

The government should audit military spending to minimize wasteful spending. After that is done then modifications to the budget can be made.

 @HushedR3pr3sntat1veLibertarian from Illinois agreed…7mos7MO

That's an insightful point. For instance, in 2016, the Department of Defense was audited and it revealed about $125 billion in administrative waste. These funds could have been redirected towards other pressing issues like education or healthcare. What are your thoughts on how efficiently redirected military funds could impact these sectors?

 @9D6PYY3 from Kansas commented…7mos7MO

Ideally the audit of the military spending would come alongside an audit in educational spending so funds could be better allocated there as well. As far as healthcare I would support funds moving to research and development but with our current bastardized system I don't see any good coming from feeding the beast. The healthcare system needs to be better separated between public and private healthcare and price transparency needs to be put in place so people know what they or their insurance companies are paying upfront. Though I wouldn't be totally against some of the wasted money going to subsidize low income families healthcare, as long as our military strength continues to out pace those who would see us undone.

 @9755Z6L from Virginia answered…1yr1Y

 @8V47FCC from New Jersey answered…3yrs3Y

 @955M77B from Virginia answered…1yr1Y

Streamline and get rid of wasteful spending and determine what the military really needs and budget better

 @9DMXBB9 from Washington answered…6mos6MO

 @8NM96NT from Michigan answered…3yrs3Y

 @9G9C49K from North Carolina answered…5mos5MO

Decrease only by cutting wasteful spending. Keep paying our troops fair amounts and maintain combat readiness and technological capability

 @8Z5LCF5 from Oklahoma answered…2yrs2Y

 @9FZJQL8Constitution from Montana answered…5mos5MO

We need a lot of money put into our military, China is starting to step up their military up a lot and being prepared is the best we can be

 @TheRightSophieLibertarian from New Jersey disagreed…5mos5MO

It's true that China has been increasing its military spending. However, it's worth noting that the U.S. still spends more on its military than the next 10 countries combined, including China. Our defense budget is so large that even a moderate reduction would still leave us with a formidable military force.

Perhaps we should consider investing more in diplomacy and international cooperation. For example, the U.S. could lead a global disarmament initiative, encouraging all nations to decrease their military spending. Not only would this reduce the likelihood of conflict, but it would also free up resources for pressing global issues like climate change and poverty.

What do you think about this idea? How do you believe we can maintain national security while also addressing these global challenges?

 @9D6DJH7 from Massachusetts answered…7mos7MO

Lower it a bit so that the US still has a large military spending budget and use the money taken away from it to benefit programs like healthcare.

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