Military – The Public Good Index

Date: 26 Feb 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Number of years the DOD has failed to satisfy a 1993 Congress mandate that all federal agencies be audited: 35.

Amount of military spending that could not be account for as of 2016: $6.5 trillion.

Source: Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit, The Fiscal Times, 2016.


Amount of military spending worldwide in 2016: $1.5 trillion.

Source. Forecast International: Recapping Global Defense Spending for 2017, Eyeing Future Growth, Forecast International, 2018.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.