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This chart from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments tells the national security story of the United States fairly well.

Defense spending fell during the easing of relations with the Soviet Union during the 1970s, rose again during President Reagan’s arms race with the Soviets, fell in the post-Cold War era and then has grown dramatically since the 9/11 attacks launched a war on terrorism.

Source: Analysis of the FY2013 Defense Budget and Sequestration
Source: Analysis of the FY2013 Defense Budget and Sequestration

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