Kimberly Amadeo, “U.S. Military Budget,” About News, February 23, 2016.
The U.S. military budget is $773.5 billion for FY 2017. The true cost of military spending includes all of the following:
- $523.9 billion for the base budget of the Department of Defense (DoD).
- $175.9 billion for defense-related agencies and functions. That includes the Department of Veterans Affairs ($75.1 billion), the State Department ($37.8 billion), Homeland Security ($40.6 billion), FBI and Cybersecurity in the Department of Justice ($9.5 billion), and the National Nuclear Security Administration in the Department of Energy ($12.9 billion).
- $58.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Funds for DoD to fight ISIS.
- $14.9 billion for OCO funds for the State Department and Homeland Security to fight ISIS.