Originally Posted by J Diddy
An argument could be made that it should be adjusted if it weren't so consistently high. We average approximately $600 billion a year. China topped $100 billion for the first time ever. That's what the 5 times means (I cleaned the numbers up to keep them simple for you but it's between 5-6 times more than the next guy.) I think there's still plenty in there to upgrade from muskets(Did you really just go there? )
China's military mission isn't nearly as broad as ours is at the moment (although they have aspirations). As pawn pointed out, China's military budget is widely believed to be significantly larger than that which they admit. But whatever the numbers, it would be foolish to size our military budget on the size of the spending of another nation. We need to base our military budget on the requirements for the jobs we give it. To deter war and make sure our troops are in the best position possible should war be necessary, we need to not only exceed the capabilities of our adversaries, but exceed their capabilities by a substantial amount. Particularly since we field a relatively small force in terms of manpower.