17 May '18, 3pm

This Graph Shows That No Other Country Competes with the U.S. Military

This Graph Shows That No Other Country Competes with the U.S. Military

President Trump is busy implementing his “America First ” foreign policy agenda on the world stage. He has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal , scheduled a meeting with North Korea , and rattled American trade partners with threats of tariffs . Amid all these news stories, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that Trump also just signed the largest military budget in American history , totaling some $700B. This got us thinking about how military expenditures compare across the world. Our numbers come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) , an organization dedicated to studying conflict and global security. SIPRI collected the military budgets for every country in the world in 2017, the latest numbers available. They also determined each country’s expenditures as a percentage of global military spending, and as a percentage of GDP. We illustrat...

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