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Chart of Defense Spending from 1945 to 1999



 

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This chart was issued by the Office of Management and Budget. It is a historical table of the budget of the United States government for defense spending from 1945 to 1999.



Defense Spending as:

1945

1946

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

% of GDP

37.5

19.1

5.5

3.5

4.8

5.0

7.3

13.2

14.2

13.0

10.8

% of Fedrl. Outlay

89.5

77.3

37.1

30.6

33.9

32.2

51.8

68.1

69.4

69.5

62.4


Defense Spending as:

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

% of GDP

9.9

10.1

10.2

10.0

9.3

9.3

9.2

8.9

8.5

7.4

7.7

% of Fedrl. Outlay

60.2

59.3

56.8

53.2

52.2

50.8

49.0

48.0

46.2

42.8

43.2


Defense Spending as:

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

% of GDP

8.8

9.4

8.7

8.1

7.3

6.7

5.8

5.5

5.5

5.2

4.8

% of Fedrl. Outlay

45.4

46.0

44.9

41.8

37.5

34.3

31.2

29.5

26.0

24.1

23.2


Defense Spending as:

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

% of GDP

4.7

4.6

4.9

5.1

5.7

6.1

5.9

6.1

6.2

6.1

5.8

% of Fedrl. Outlay

22.8

23.1

22.7

23.2

24.8

26.0

26.7

26.7

27.6

28.1

27.3


Defense Spending as:

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

% of GDP

5.6

5.2

4.6

4.8

4.4

4.1

3.7

3.5

3.3

3.1

3.0

% of Fedrl. Outlay

26.5

23.9

20.6

21.6

20.7

19.3

17.9

17.0

16.9

16.2

16.1


Source: Office of Management and Budget
Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government


 

Consider These Questions

Background

 

1. What does the percentage of federal outlay suggest about U.S. attitudes toward fighting communism?

2. Which years show the greatest change in percentage of defense spending and what do those changes reflect about United States foreign policy?




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