Fact Sheet: State Budget Shortfalls and the U.S. War in Afghanistan

According to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the total cost of each U.S. soldier currently stationed in Afghanistan runs about $1.2 million per year — which is to say, for every soldier withdrawn from the country, the taxpayers could recover $1.2 million.

With nearly every U.S. state facing budget shortfalls for FY 2012, here’s an excellent look at how bringing those soldiers home — along with the war dollars paying for them — would immediately free up the funds necessary to close these gaps, which would eliminate the pressure to cut public services.

State Shortfalls and the War in Afghanistan

March 2011 Newsletter

This newsletter will focus on the Middle East, where civic movements have been protesting against autocrats and demanding democracy. We’ll also highlight a number of planned actions around the world for GDAMS in case you’d like to follow their model. And we’ll give you a peek inside our Tax Day organizers packet for groups preparing actions in the United States.

GDAMS Newsletter Vol. 4

BICC: Israel is the world’s most militarized country

The Bonn International Center for Conversion has released their list of the world’s most militarized countries. BICC takes not only the raw sum of expenditures for each country, but puts it against each country’s investments in other sectors like health care. Israel ranked as the world’s most militarized state, with Singapore, Syria, Jordan, Russia, North Korea, Cyprus, and Greece, Kuwait, and Belarus rounding out the top ten.

The United States, far and away the world’s biggest military spender, ranked a more middling 34th, while China, the second largest spender, ranked way down at 88th.

Take a good look at the list. It’s an excellent reminder that even states that don’t spend enormous sums on their militaries compared to the traditional top spenders can still administer highly militarized societies.