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.