The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program ever developed, with a total cost to the U.S. Department of Defense of $1.5 trillion.
If invested in job creation and human-needs programs, the cost of just one F-35 plane—roughly $610 million—could instead buy 8,000 university scholarships, 1,300 elementary school teachers, 1,100 police jobs, 14,000 Head Start slots, 18,000 Pell Grants, and 12,000 health care slots for veterans.
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Help AFSC advocate for a shift in federal resources and policies—away from militarism and toward shared security.
Wage Peace is AFSC’s initiative to shift policy and resources to reflect greater commitment to shared security principles.
U.S. use of drones for surveillance and military attacks is on the rise, both domestically and abroad.
Military spending accounts for 57 percent of the U.S. discretionary federal budget. A culture of militarism, U.S.-led military interventions across the globe, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had untold human and financial costs, depleting U.S. resources for human needs.
Privatization of public resources and the increasing influence of corporations on the U.S. political system threatens democracy and transparency. AFSC is challenging the influence of corporate money in political elections, military contracts, and prison privatization in order to reverse the privatization trend.