Originally Posted by patteeu
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.
We are comparing dollars to dollars here patty, because spending cuts is what you don't want. Now you're getting into capability matching etc which is entirely subjective.