approximately 47% of 1999 global military expenditures. *
• $343.1 billion (2002 US dollars) is the average amount spent throughout the Cold War from 1946 to 1989.
• The US Congress has direct control over $784.5 billion discretionary spending for the Fiscal Year 2004. US military expenditures are 50.1% of this discretionary spending.
• The FY 2004 military budget is now more than six times larger than that of Russia, the second largest spender.
• The FY 2004 military budget is more than the combined spending of at least the next twenty-five nations.
.The FY 2001 military budget was twenty-four and a half times greater than the combined spending of Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya, countries which the US deems potential enemies or "states of concern"
* 1999 is the latest available year of global military expenditure estimates. See the World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers ( WMEAT ) published by the U.S. State Department.
Note: Figures include expenditures contained in the Pentagon budget and Department of Energy military programs.