The military budget is larger than the next ten nations combined, including Russia and China. It's basically a money-making machine for defense contractors and weapons manufacturers. We don't need 800+ bases and installations around the world to defend ourselves. In fact, the Department of Defense is significantly inadequate to the real threats to our nation, such as the climate crisis, pandemics, and biodiversity loss. We could cut its budget in half and be fine, and use that money to fund universal healthcare, infrastructure upgrades, conversion to renewable energy, and more. Right now the DoD is a boondoggle.