The military budget is NOT "grotesquely bloated"; it's not bloated at all. It's modest. It amounts to just 4.22% of America's GDP, INCLUDING war and DOE nuclear program costs. The base defense budget amounts to just 3.47% of GDP and $1,700 per capita. That's all that we pay for America's defense. The country's security cannot be provided for on the cheap. It requires many world-class ships, planes, ICBMs, nuclear warheads, missile defense interceptors, troops, ground vehicles and other weapons, as well as their bases, developmental programs, troops' salaries&benefits, etc. This costs serious money. America's defense CANNOT be provided for on the cheap. That is an unavoidable FACT.