The military strength of the United States is obviously unparalleled. The military expenditure of the United States alone exceeds that of the next 14 countries.
In 2020, the US military budget will exceed $700 billion. Its closest target is China, with a budget of $220 billion. Followed by Russia, with $87 billion.
The most incredible thing is that since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, military spending has been growing steadily. It is necessary for Americans to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries and become the world police, which is the price they must pay.
An interesting fact is that about 40% of the budget is overspent every year. Americans don't know whose coffers they go to, congressmen or military capitalists? There's no way to verify it anyway. It may have evaporated out of thin air.
The United States has the most advanced equipment and a total of 1.3 million troops. Together with reservists, we have more than 2.1 million people at our disposal. Together with Russia, the United States is still the country with the most nuclear warheads so far.
The United States has the largest fleet of nuclear submarines, with 14 nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines, 4 Nuclear Powered cruise missile submarines and 55 nuclear attack submarines, accounting for 73 (50%) of the 144 nuclear submarines in the world.
In terms of the number of aircraft carriers in service, the United States is also far ahead, with 11 in early 2020, supported by more than 800 military bases around the world. This gives this country incredible power projection capabilities, such as our past deployment in Afghanistan.
In addition to this military force, we must also increase huge surveillance capabilities with the NSA and top intelligence agencies with the CIA.
Every year, the global firepower website will publish the ranking of the countries with the strongest military strength according to 55 standards, which is divided into 8 indicators:
• human resources (total population, active force, reserve force, population, etc.)
• weapons deployed on land (tanks, artillery, surface to surface missiles, etc.)
• naval forces (aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, frigates, patrol boats, etc.)
• air force (fleet, helicopter, reconnaissance aircraft, etc.)
• natural resources (oil production, hydrocarbon reserves, fuel supply to the armed forces, etc.)
• military resources (military and civilian personnel, etc.)
• logistics infrastructure (ports, transport networks, airports, etc.)
• financial status (defense budget, foreign debt, foreign exchange reserves, etc.)
• its geographical assets (surface area, waterways, coastlines, etc.)
Not surprisingly, the United States leads this ranking by a large gap every year. It can be seen that except for the last item, each part needs huge expenditure.
If the United States reduces its military budget from $700 billion to $0, what will happen to the international situation? Will we be invaded?
First, the stock market will collapse immediately, and soon thereafter, the United States will fall into recession, during which at least 1 million jobs may be lost, and military cuts may have an incalculable impact on the economy. Depending on the extent of the recession, the US short-term deficit may decrease significantly.
In the long run, the standard of living in the United States may improve as the economy shifts from the military sector to other sectors.
Globally, I expect to see years of increased instability. Without 12 nuclear powered aircraft carriers and other US navies patrolling international waters, international trade is likely to be hit. Our influence in the world will be reduced, and terrorists and anti American forces will become more aggressive.
I doubt we will be invaded. Canada and Mexico may not have this tendency now. Who knows in the future? We are thousands of miles away from other countries, but this distance is not a problem under the temptation of the abundant resources of the United States and the support of the air force and navy.
Looking at the total US government expenditure, you will notice:
-We spend more on education than on defense (15% versus 12%)
-We spend more on health care than on defense (22% vs 12% - almost double!)
-We spend more on pensions (mainly social security) than on defense (19% versus 12%).
Welfare (6%) + Education (15%) + medical care (22%) + pension (19%) = 62%. Defense = 12%, although defense expenditure is part of the equation, it is certainly not the main reason for our financial difficulties.
Why does the United States (with a defense budget of $612 billion) spend more on the military than the next ten countries with the highest spending combined?
There are many parts of the military budget. In addition to this year's expenditure plan, the military is also formulating expenditure plans for the next 15 years or more. Ships costing tens of billions of dollars are already in the "construction" stage, and no one knows what the price of fuel, transportation and combat consumption may be in the future.
Everyone is shocked by President Trump's $700 billion defense budget request, but no one remembers that Obama's military budget exceeded $855 billion, and what you see is only the "tip of the iceberg".
So what are all the costs? As mentioned above, there is too much to explain. Personnel, equipment, maintenance parts, vehicles - from recruitment and recruitment to the latest aircraft carrier ($37 billion) and $75 million of on-board personnel (wages), transportation, construction, new overseas bases, fuel, recruitment, training, advertising ($2000 per billboard per month), etc.
Each service will submit its own application based on the known and projected costs of the next fiscal year, and there are various urgent needs along the way. All these must be covered, and everything has costs, up to the last screw, bolt, nail, swab and bucket.
In fact, we'd better explain it from the following perspectives:
1. High wages: the budget of the United States is five times that of China. However, the average monthly income of PLA soldiers is only 812 US] yuan. The income of US soldiers is more than five times that of this figure. The wages of some of the world's largest armies - Russia, China and India are very low.
2. Ally protection: the United States "sells" security services to countries around the world. For example, the commitment of the United States to ensure that Saudi Arabia is free from attacks by Iran, Iraq, Syria and other countries requires a lot of money. In return, Saudi Arabia spent $100 billion to buy services from American contractors, manufacturers and defense equipment manufacturers.
In the 1980s, the United States required Japan to accept the Plaza Accord on the condition of arming Japan, so that Japan could realize its economic vision through hidden military threats. The U.S. government spent billions of dollars on its allies in exchange for these economic concessions.
3. Reduce casualties in the war by developing high-end technologies: it can be said that the U.S. military pays more attention to the lives of its personnel than its counterparts in Russia, India or Turkey. In order to reduce casualties, a lot of funds have been invested in technology, and casualties have been decreasing in the war participated by the United States.
4. R & D cost: my previous university was closely related to American national defense. All my professors are funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States, and the military system has brought top robots to our robot class. They spent a lot of money to make these expensive toys.
The United States hopes to maintain its advanced and strong defensive advantages in the foreseeable future, and of course, research is also very expensive. If you are satisfied with using 20-year-old Technology (like many other countries), the cost may be greatly reduced. Research and development costs also help science laboratories and universities bring unexpected effects to the overall economy. For example, computers and the Internet come from national defense research.
5. Military industrial complex: national defense is not only an important part of the US economy, but also the core part of the global weapons economy. The United States has invested a lot of money in military equipment and increased its military budget.
U.S. arms exports account for 40% of the global arms trade, and part of the R & D costs of U.S. military manufacturing are recovered through these sales, which has also created millions of jobs for the economy.
6. Waging war everywhere: the American people believe that fighting against "tyranny" that hinders their interests anywhere in the world is the premise of their hegemony, which will only be fueled by their domestic media.
For example, in the five years before 2003, I saw dozens of articles on the "atrocities" of Saddam's regime in reader's Digest, which talked about how Christians in Iraq suffered, how activists were executed and so on.
But when the war began, the media simply copied any information provided by the Pentagon without any independent critical analysis. But later, the white house soon realized its limitations in the Middle East and North Africa, but at this time, most American leaders were coerced by public opinion and interest groups and would only launch a war, no matter how likely the war was, just because American voters continued to vote for the war.