05 May '11, 7pm

How Much Energy & Money Could Be Saved If US Military Was Just 3x As Large As China's, Not 6x?

How Much Energy & Money Could Be Saved If US Military Was Just 3x As Large As China's, Not 6x?

The United States is far and away the largest military spender on the planet --but you probably already knew that. How much more? In 2010 the US accounted for 42.8% of all military spending in the world (and has doubled military spending since 2001 ). The next nearest competitor, China, accounts for 7.3% of global military spending. The UK, France, and Russia each spend roughly 3.7%. Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Italy round out the top ten. All other nations spending 25.3% combined. In dollar terms, the grand total spent on military offense and defense in 2010 was $1.6 trillion. So based on those calculations, done by a Swedish think tank, the US outspent China by 5.86 times. Now it's been argued that some of that gap is because the US has assumed the role of world policeman, allowing other nations to spend less on arms than they might have to if the US weren't so eage...

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