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US Military Budget in Context

This is a redesigned visualization of the data shown in the first two figures in a Guardian Datablog post by David McCandless: "Information is beautiful: war games".

 

Bar charts are a lot more powerful in highlighting the big gap between the US budget and the other top 10 budgets. As we all (should!) know, it is much easier to compare lengths, than to compare areas.

 

All data directly taken directly from the original figures.

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Taken on April 1, 2010