A look at the 20 districts that receive the most in defense contracts:

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Source: Business Week

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8 Responses to “Sequester: Geography of Defense Cuts”

  1. VennData says:

    I saw some right winger that people actually voted into office on Bloomberg the other night.

    When Pimm Fox asked why we spend more than all other nation’s combined, her reply is that at 18% of Federal expenditures, we are spending the smallest amount EVER on the military.

    Let’s start by cutting it in half and take it from there.

  2. Petey Wheatstraw says:


    Agreed. It’s a real monster. If anything gives us a bad name and wastes our resources, it’s the out of control M/I complex.

  3. Union Agitator says:

    That’s a lot of money to spend on breaking things and killing people. Imagine if we spent it on clinics and schools. Even one quarter as much spent on public health in poor countries would make us the most loved nation on earth.

  4. leveut says:

    The numbers on the graphic add up to about $115 Billion. That is more than the total amount of the sequester for all departments for all years. The total amount for the remainder of this fiscal year is, if memory serves $44 B of which $22 B is defense.

    The businessweek link doesn’t seem to work.


    BR: Fixed the link

    Note it is a “A look at the 20 districts that receive the most in defense contracts” not dollar for dollar cuts

  5. JimRino says:

    Hmmm. This is going to hit a few Southern States Hard.
    I guess the “Tea Party” didn’t think this out.

  6. Iamthe50percent says:

    Is it fair to consider the Department of Energy as a defense contractor? Isn’t that more in the line of an interdepartmental transfer?

  7. ilsm says:

    The UK spends about 6% of outlays on “defense”. The UK leads NATO with 2.7% of GDP, while Germany and France spend about 1.4%.

    The US, about 5% declining very slowly.

    Imagine if it were spent to make life better in the US.

  8. catman says:

    The domino theory and shock and awe – aka shuck and jive. Spendy too. Not a lot of return on investment.