Global defense spending

U.S. defense spending vs. rest of world

U.S. vs. Global Military Spending (Global Total: $1.78 Trillion)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — According to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database 2015, the United States in 2014 approved $609.9 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2014 dollars). This number accounts for 34% of total global military spending.

This number accounts for 34% of total global military spending.

This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, money allocated for the Pentagon in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and defense related activities in the 050 budget function.

It also includes Dept. of Energy-administered atomic energy defense activities.

The figures were accumulated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Far above potential adversary

The 34%of total global military spending puts the United States far above any potential adversary. The next closest country, China, comes in at $216.4 billion, or 12% of total global military spending.

The United States spends nearly three times as much on defense as China, and more than seven times what Russia spends.

Last year, the United States spent more on defense than the next seven countries combined, five of which are allies.

While U.S. spending is down since peak expenditure in 2010, the total defense spending for 2014 was only $11 billion less than in 2006, when the country was fully engaged in two wars overseas.

Countries of Interest

  • Afghanistan ($0.27 billion)
  • Australia ($25.4 billion)
  • Brazil ($31.7 billion)
  • Canada ($17.5 billion)
  • China ($216.4 billion)
  • France ($62.3 billion)
  • Germany ($46.5 billion)
  • India ($50 billion)
  • Iran (NA)
  • Iraq ($9.5 billion)
  • Israel ($15.9 billion)
  • Italy ($30.9 billion)
  • Japan ($45.8 billion)
  • Jordan ($1.3 billion)
  • Libya ($3.3 billion)
  • North Korea ($0.83 billion)
  • Oman ($9.6 billion)
  • Pakistan ($8.5 billion)
  • Russia ($84.54 billion)
  • Saudia Arabia ($80.8 billion)
  • South Korea ($36.7 billion)
  • Taiwan ($10.2 billion)
  • UAE ($22.8 billion)
  • United Kingdom ($60.5 billion)
  • United States ($609.9 billion)
  • Venezuela ($5.6 billion)
  • Yemen ($1.7 billion)

SIPRI points out that there is no agreed-upon international definition for “defense expenditure.” Many countries count spending differently and, in some cases, a lack of transparency makes it difficult to estimate expenditures, according to SIPRI.

Editor's note: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent organizaiton dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI also has a presence in Beijing, and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide.

  • The Asia and Oceana region includes Central & South Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.
  • Europe includes Russia and Eastern, Western, and Central Europe, but does not include Turkey.
  • The Middle East region does not include North Africa, but does include Turkey.
  • Africa includes Sub-Saharan and North Africa.
  • Americas includes Central America & the Caribbean, South America, and North America minus the United States.

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