5% of GDP is fucking huge
Particularly when you consider how large the American economy is-and thus, how large our GDP is.
I'll note that there are countries out there with larger spending on the military as a percentage of their GDP, but their economies are substantially smaller. I don't see why you'd expect military size to grow proportionally with the size of the economy.
Spending per capita might be a bit better of a measurement, though even then, I don't know that you need 1 soldier for every 100 citizens or something like that-the ratio doesn't seem like it should be constant.
It's a slight of hand. 5% of GDP spending has nothing to do with a percentage of the US Budget-it means, of every dollar spent in the US, 1 in 20 is spent on the US military.
edited 7th Oct '12 2:03:46 PM by TheyCallMeTomu