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The US military's budget is huge, and it's only getting bigger

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The United States already spends a good deal of money on defense, but that spending continues to grow at an enormous rate. This year the Pentagon was up in arms about the impending sequestration that was set to strip its budget of $1 trillion over the next decade — but that's when US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) stepped in with a deal. According to Mother Jones' in-depth report, the deal means the Pentagon will get an additional $32 billion, or 4.4 percent, in 2014. That brings its total budget for 2014, including supplemental war funding, to more than $600 billion.

Those are huge numbers under any circumstances, but they're extra mind-boggling because even if the feared sequester had gone through, the Pentagon's base budget was set to remain above pre-9/11 levels for the next decade. Read on at Mother Jones where they break down all the numbers — everything from exactly how much the US spends on defense compared to other nations, to the number of cupcakes it would take to buy an F-35 military plane — but be forewarned, it might make your head spin.

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