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Military spending continues to fall in the West but rises everywhere else, says SIPRI

May 5, 2014 Comments off

Military spending continues to fall in the West but rises everywhere else, says SIPRI
Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012, according to figures released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The fall in the global total comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent.

The next three highest spenders—China, Russia and Saudi Arabia—all made substantial increases, with Saudi Arabia leapfrogging the United Kingdom, Japan and France to become the world’s fourth largest military spender. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the 23 countries around the world that have more than doubled their military expenditure since 2004.

The fall in US spending in 2013, by 7.8 per cent, is the result of the end of the war in Iraq, the beginning of the drawdown from Afghanistan, and the effects of automatic budget cuts passed by the US Congress in 2011. Meanwhile, austerity policies continued to determine trends in Western and Central Europe and in other Western countries.

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The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in the world excluding China, 2012

March 4, 2014 Comments off

The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in the world excluding China, 2012
Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

The SIPRI Top 100 lists the world’s 100 largest arms-producing and military services companies (excluding Chinese companies)[a], ranked by their arms sales in 2012. The list is based on the comprehensive SIPRI Arms Industry Database, which contains financial and employment data on the world’s major arms-producing and military services companies.

SIPRI Yearbook 2013

June 6, 2013 Comments off

SIPRI Yearbook 2013

Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

From press release:

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2013, which assesses the current state of international security, armaments and disarmament. Key findings include: (a) Alone among the five legally recognized nuclear weapon states, China expanded its nuclear arsenal in 2012; (b) The number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide is falling rapidly, due to the withdrawal from Afghanistan; (c) Progress towards a global ban on cluster munitions stalled in 2012.

2013 summary (PDF)

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New — World military spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2010, biggest increase in South America, fall in Europe according to new SIPRI data

April 11, 2011 Comments off

World military spending reached $1.6 trillion in 2010, biggest increase in South America, fall in Europe according to new SIPRI data
Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

World military expenditure in 2010 is estimated to have been $1630 billion, an increase of 1.3 per cent in real terms. The region with the largest increase in military spending was South America, with a 5.8 per cent increase, reaching a total of $63.3 billion, according to new data published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today at http://www.sipri.org.

+ Background paper on SIPRI military expenditure data, 2010 (PDF)
+ SIPRI Military Expenditure Database

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