Q&A: Military Spending in 1942.

Question: How much did the federal government spend on national defense in 1942?

Answer: You can find historical information on U.S. military spending data in Historical tables, budget of the United States Government, published annually by the Office of Management and Budget. This is available online and in print. You want to keep in mind that in the document, military spending refers to national defense. For more recent information on U.S. military expenditures, you will want to check Annual Department of Defense budget materials under Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).

In addition, there are many organizations and websites that analyze military expenditures in global contexts. Below are a few resources that I recommend: