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(The largest general fund—also called “federal fund”—budget category, paid from general revenues, not trust funds); in recent years it is the second largest category (after Social Security) of national government spending; with additional spending added in future years, national defense might again become the largest category
- Outlays for National Defense, 1940 to estimated 2008, in Billions of Current and Constant (2002) dollars
- National Defense: Yearly inflation-adjusted Change and as Percent of Outlays, 1952 to estimated 2004
- Inflation-adjusted Change in National Defense by Presidential Term, 1944 to estimated 2004, in Percent
- Summary pdf file with all charts in this national defense section