U.S. Budgets for National Security

Pie chart showing Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. Federal Budget.

National defense accounts for 19% of the 2011 U.S. federal budget. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Fall 2010



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This course is for students who want to know how the dollars we spend on national security relate to military forces, systems, and policy choices, and who wish to develop a personal tool kit for framing and assessing defense policy alternatives.

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Cindy Williams. 17.953 U.S. Budgets for National Security. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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