Facts on File: U.S. Military Machine

January 29, 2007

The Bush administration, with the full support of the Democratic Congress, is going ahead with plans to increase U.S. military forces by nearly 100,000 as part of its "global war on terrorism."

The U.S. government already has a total armed force of 2,685,713.

This includes 1,426,713 active duty soldiers and 1,259,000 reservists including Army and Air National Guard (most of these troops are or have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan).

The U.S. military has about 500,000 troops deployed outside the borders of the U.S. in 130 countries.

In 2006, the military budget amounted to $441.6 billion or $1,500/per person. The U.S. government spends 47% of the total world military budget. The U.S. military budget is greater than the combined total of the next 20 biggest military powers.

(from Global Security.com)