Pentagon Spends $78 Billion a Year on Weapons and Space Research, Some of it Whacky,says that about 10 billion (of 78 billion) a year goes to fringe science like "gay bombs" and psychic teleportation.
In her book "Imaginary Weapons," military expert Sharon Weinberger writes that the federal government is spending taxpayer money on war technology at a pace of about $50,000 per second. -- abc news
So the tab for charlatanism is about $6,000 per second! You can buy a lot of bulletproof vests with that.