In the latest budget just approved by the US Congress, the Pentagon gets an extra $80 billion. This is the biggest annual increase since Reagan was in the White House. One problem they have is that they have to spend this in the current fiscal year, or they lose it. That is what might be called a serious problem. A related question is how much is the Department of Peace getting? Hold on, let me just check something……oh yes, I overlooked something. There is no Department of Peace. And there is no allocation in the new US budget for Peace-building. The latest released figures on annual spending, show that defense contractors Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and General Dynamics paid $53 million to lobbyists. It’s an impressive system we have devised.