The only chart you need to see to know that the US spends more on its military than the next 11 countries combined

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US Army paratroopers aboard an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft loaded with a heavy-drop-rigged Humvee for a night jump onto Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

It's no surprise the United States pours more money into its military than any other country in the world.

In 2015, the US had a defense budget of about $597 billion, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies' most recent World Military Balance report, released earlier this year.

In short, that's more than the next 11 countries combined.

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The following graphic from the institute helps put things in perspective:

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World Military Balance 2016

Even China's reported budget of $146 billion - good for second-highest in the world - looks modest next to that of the US.

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It's safe to say the incredible funding the Pentagon receives is the driving force behind America's military strength.

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