Special Report

What the US Spent on the Military Every Year Since 1970

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1980: $143.69 billion
> Increase from previous year: 13.25% — #5 largest Increase on list

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1981: $176.56 billion
> Increase from previous year: 22.88% — #2 largest Increase on list

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1982: $221.67 billion
> Increase from previous year: 25.55% — #1 largest Increase on list

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1983: $223.43 billion
> Increase from previous year: 0.79% — #38 largest Increase on list

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1984: $245.15 billion
> Increase from previous year: 9.72% — #11 largest Increase on list

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