The US military budget is more than quadruple that of any other country. The US spends more money than all of the other ten biggest spending countries combined - at least 7 of which are firm allies. In fact, 41% of all defence spending in the world is spent by the US. The US spends more as a % of GDP than any other country except Saudi Arabia - whose total budget is around 7% of that of the US. I think this is ridiculous. So ridiculous that I don't honestly think it is a question of defending US interests as much as funding defence contractors. I can totally understand that the US feels it needs to have the edge of China and Russia - but having an edge should not mean you have to triple their spending. The US could easily slash 25% of its defence budget without compromising safety and security an inch. You could close the bases in Germany and maybe Japan for a start. Cutting 25% would mean a saving $177 billion per year - money that could be better spent to pay off debt, surely. Do you agree?