Does anyone know a quick way to get the total cost of the (ideally inflation adjusted) defense budget for the past few decades? It can be 10 years, though I’d be curious about more.
I don’t have a real agenda, I’m just curious. If one of my readers in the house.gov domain wants to leave a tip, that’s fine. I promise not to use it as a cudgel. We spend what a national defense costs, I’ll leave it at that.
How much did it change post-Cold War? How much post‑9/11? Post-Iraq? Does it change noticeably in response to world events, changes in the White House, or changes in Congress?
Someone has already done this work for me, tell me who.