Will 10% Increase in Military Budget Mean More Education Spending?

Trickle Down Economics of Education

According to Reuters, the White House has put in place a “historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military resources of the United States.” Specifically, the President’s budget recommends, “increasing defense spending by $54 billion or 10 percent.”

“The defense boost would be balanced by slashing the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid,
the White House budget official said.”

The administration has previously vowed to improve services to the military such as healthcare and education fits into this category of investment.

Based upon overall projections by branch of military, the increase will be allocated as follows:
– The Army would expand to 540,000 active-duty troops from its current 480,000.
– Increase in the Marine Corps to 36 battalions from 23 – or as many as 10,000 more Marines.
– Boost the Navy to 350 ships and submarines from 276.
– Raise the number of Air Force tactical aircraft to 1,200 from 1,100.

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