America Supports Most of the Free World and we have 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nation, this costs a lot of money but it is Required to Maintain world Peace

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There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week. However, as Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense. If the proposed budget ultimately passes in Congress, the DoD would be allocated an extra $54 billion in federal funding – a 10% increase that would be one of the largest one-year defense budget increases in American History.

To put the proposed increase in context, the United States already spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined. Meanwhile, the additional $54 billion is about the size of the United Kingdom’s entire defense budget.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist



With over half of all U.S. discretionary spending being put towards the military each year, the U.S. is able to have extensive operations both at home and abroad. Our chart for this week breaks down military personnel based on the latest numbers released by the DoD on February 27, 2017.

In total, excluding civilian support staff, there are about 2.1 million troops. Of those, 1.3 million are on active duty, while about 800,000 are in reserve or part of the National Guard.

On a domestic basis, there are about 1.1 million active troops stationed in the United States, and here’s how they are grouped based on branch of service:

Internationally, there are just under 200,000 troops that are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world.

In 2015, Politico estimated that there are 800 U.S. bases abroad, and that it costs up to $100 billion annually to maintain this international presence

2 comments on “America Supports Most of the Free World and we have 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nation, this costs a lot of money but it is Required to Maintain world Peace

  1. 8500 sit in the UK. Are we in danger then?
    We’re a staging post, a refueling centre, a bomb dump at best.
    There’s listening posts, OTH radar, but hey, are they necessary?
    The US agenda is your concern yet 8500 against the might of Russiaw what use would they be, realistically.
    Cut off from the US, living within a worn out largely defenceless country.

    15,000 forces personnel left last year and they can’t replace them.
    Then the news reports that the first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia.
    120 soldiers will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April.

    To deter Russian agression? Now that’s a laugh in itself.


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