Special Report

What the US Spent on the Military Every Year Since 1970

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1970: $83.41 billion
> Increase from previous year: -1.86% — #40 largest Increase on list

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1971: $78.24 billion
> Increase from previous year: -6.20% — #48 largest Increase on list

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1972: $80.71 billion
> Increase from previous year: 3.16% — #26 largest Increase on list

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1973: $81.47 billion
> Increase from previous year: 0.94% — #37 largest Increase on list

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1974: $89.28 billion
> Increase from previous year: 9.59% — #12 largest Increase on list

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