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The military

Background info

The most recent budget includes $989 billion for U.S. military spending—the second largest item in the budget after Social Security.

The United States spends more on defense than the next nine countries combined. The budget covers Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020.

The Balance

The U.S. has roughly 200,000 troops and 800 military bases around the world.

U.S. Central Command says between 60,000 and 70,000 U.S. troops are in the Middle East.


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