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Defense Spending Not a High Priority Among U.S. Allies

Created on November 6, 2015

Defense Spending Not a High Priority Among U.S. Allies


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Across the globe, two nations—Russia and China—stand out for their rapid increases in military spending. Since 2001, Russia has increased military spending by 170 percent, after adjusting for inflation, while military spending in China has more than quadrupled. These increases coincide with their aggressive actions in their regions, such as Russia’s invasions of Georgia in 2008 and Crimea in 2014, and China’s persistent efforts to project power across the South China Sea. Meanwhile, defense spending among major U.S. allies such as the U.K., Germany, France, and Japan has largely stagnated. The only U.S. ally to make significant increases is Saudi Arabia, largely as a response to recent developments in Iran.

Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, http://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/milex_database (accessed July 31, 2015).

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