Nick Turse

When the Pentagon announced its 2013 budget last week, the press dutifully repoted the number, $525.4 billion, and Pentagon-watchers laughed.  We all knew it had next to nothing to do with real national security spending.  Luckily Winslow Wheeler — one of the most experienced and intelligent Pentagon-watchers around — ignored the press releases, dug into the budget and crunched the numbers.  No surprise, his numbers show that spending is about what it has been for years now, around $1 trillion.