Military Money: 5 Countries That Spent the Most Last Year

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New studies of military expenditure are showing interesting global trends, and unsurprisingly a lot of money goes into nation’s military forces and development. Ultimately the West proved to be the only region in 2013 that did not increase its military spending — though that doesn’t mean it didn’t devote a significant amount of its GDP to such interests. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released their most recent figures on military spending for 2013, finding that in total, the world spent $1.75 trillion on its military in 2013. Let’s take a look at which countries put the most money into their tanks and troops.

1. United States

That’s right, even with a cut to its military spending, and even being one of the few in the West to show no increase in spending, the United States still makes the list. Back when the U.S.’s budget reduction was decided officials made it clear that while two large simultaneous military activities would not be maintainable, the U.S. would retain “a very significant-sized army,” but a more “agile” one, one that would be “modern.”

You can’t carry a large land-war Defense Department when there is no large land war,” said a senior Pentagon official to The New York Times back in February. The U.S. military expenses decreased, as promised, at an amount that SIPRI places at a 7.8 percent reduction.

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