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CIAO Focus, February 2010: Global Defense Spending

The United States and its strongest allies (the NATO countries, Japan, South Korea and Australia) spend $1.1 trillion on their militaries combine, representing 72 percent of the world's total.

Military expenditures in 2008 (in billions of U.S. dollars with percentage of global total)

 Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

From the CIAO Database:

The President's Dilemma: Deficits, Debt, and US Defense Spending

The European Defense Industry

Defense Monitor Newsletter (Oct./Nov./Dec. 2009)

America's Security Role in a Changing World

Report on Allied Contributions to the Common Defense


Outside Sources: *

Defense Appropriations Bill (U.S. House Committee on Appropriations)

Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 2010

Country Comparison: Military Expenditures (CIA World Factbook)

Military Expenditure Data, 1999–2008 (SIPRI)

The Government’s Expenditure Plans, 2007-2008 (United Kingdom)


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