10 countries spending the most on the military

The US still spends more – far, far more – on its armed forces than any other nation. But as American defense spending slows, some countries are catching up.

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Jul 21, 2014 9:34PM
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lol!  Nice to hear so many think King Obama, or King Bush, or King Clinton, or King Nixon, or King Reagan, or King... need I go on?  Presidents are not monarchs nor dictators!  Look to Congress, they are the ones in control.  So simple in our busy lives to place the blame on our Presidents because they are a single name.  How many of you can name off members of Congress beyond your home state, yet, they control the govt.?
Jul 21, 2014 9:36PM
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Presidents are an easy out for lazy American's that want to bitch but won't want spend the time to even vote.
Jul 21, 2014 9:41PM
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Considering that we spent more than three times what China spent, it is hard to argue that Obama is gutting the military! Even if we cut spending down to the same percent of GDP that China spends (2%) we would still outspend China. Lets repair some infrastructure instead.
Jul 22, 2014 9:15AM
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Isn't spending like this what drove Russia into financial ruin and ended the cold war?  I love how we never learn from history, just like right now we're in the beginning steps of getting back into the Middle East.  Our leaders couldn't lead a Cub Scout troop.  

No wonder they are the most do nothing Congress in history and have the lowest public approval rating.  ...but will they do anything more than continue to sell this country out?  No, they will continue and we will continue voting them right back in office.

Let's start a new voting campaign, never vote for an incumbent more than once, if they won't pass a law on term limits, we can do it for them.
Jul 22, 2014 11:19AM
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What do we get for military spending??? Jobs, technology, safer soldiers, more influence


What do we get for welfare spending??? More people with their hands out.....

Jul 21, 2014 9:23PM
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Russia and China must make big bucks exporting arms - just look at all of the surface-to-air missles in the eastern part of Ukraine. The US gives away a lot of weapons to countries like Iraq so that their military can run away and leave these weapons for ISIL.
Jul 22, 2014 2:10PM
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Let's see

 

This nation's "founding fathers" did not want professional politicians or a standing Army because they knew that waste, fraud, abuse and corruption would not be far behind

 

So here it is 2014 and we are up to our necks in waste, fraud, abuse and corruption due to the 1,000 pound gorilla that is our military industrial complex and a Congress that has an approval rating just above pedophiles and just below serial killers 

 

It will be a major miracle if this nation lasts another 100 years 

Jul 21, 2014 8:01PM
Jul 22, 2014 3:18PM
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OMG! We spend way more than the rest of the world but somehow we are to broke to pay for new roads and bridges here in the US. USA! USA!
Jul 21, 2014 9:50PM
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Why can't we comment on other stories?
Jul 22, 2014 12:26PM
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We have had since WW II, and we do have, a "war" machine. We have been fighting one war after another since WW II: Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq,,,trillions and trillions of dollars and our best service men and women, all for our illustrious elected officials, who love to pound their chest....thank God Obama has put the skids on this OR we would be back in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and who knows where else...NOT to mention we have been the world's biggest arms dealer for the last 70 years....we just sold advance aircraft to Iraq,,,that will be great when ISIS gets a hold of them... Enough is enough...our citizens are tired of all this war and spending and politics that come with it.....we create as many problems as we fix...WW II is long over....we need to keep our military strong but stop fighting wars that we can not help fix...
Jul 22, 2014 8:57AM
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Does that include the health care costs of armed forces members and veterans? And do not forget the cost of compensating veterans after they have become injured. I doubt it. 
Jul 22, 2014 4:38AM
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"We reviewed SIPRI data on military exports, imports and military expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product. We also reviewed GDP and GDP growth figures from the International Monetary Fund."

Well apparently you missed a few things since TOTAL Defense and Defense related spending is projected to be well over $750Billion for 2014 alone. That's a bit more $618Billion. It's amazing how that's actually Down from over $800Billion each year in 2009-2012. Before that, the Operation expenses for the Two Failed Wars were kept off the Books. So I can't give out figure before 2009 and related expenses to those Two Failed Wars plus normal expense.

Then there are always Black Ops Budgets that are never reported. Amazing how Countries that are literally BROKE can continually increase Defense Spending over the Years. Before the year 2000, our Defense Department Base Budget was well under $300Billion, now it easily hits $500Billion. Total Defense related Spending has averaged over $800Billion since at least $2009.
Jul 22, 2014 11:33AM
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So, just what are we getting for our half-a-trillion-plus, military dollar?  I sure doesn't seem to be going to the VA.  And, just how may nuclear warheads does a country need?  How many does it take to blow up a planet?  Just where is all this money going?  Also, how much money does the U.S. send to other countries to bolster their militaries?  Shouldn't that be included in what the U.S. spends on military?  And, how much of this money is just wasted - money the Department of Defense doesn't even want but Congress just keeps giving them more to spend?  I think we still have arms manufacturer cronies that are getting filthy rich on producing and selling materials to the military.  Have you checked out what the military does with its surpluses and retired facilities and equipment?  If they don't just scrap it, they sell it at "fire-sale" prices.  Just what is our return on our "half-a-trillion-plus" investment?  Any ideas?
Jul 22, 2014 11:21AM
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The figure that amazes me is the import number, what in hell do we need to import when it comes to arms. We make just about every kind of killing device there is. Is there something out there that we can't make here ?

Jul 21, 2014 10:20PM
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why do we have to bring in arms why can't we make them here? or am i not reading this right
Jul 22, 2014 8:57AM
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Hey what if we (US) cut our military spending in half? We'd still be the number one military, we'd lessen our annual debt incursion...
Jul 22, 2014 9:09AM
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OMG, we spend more than the rest of the top ten combined.  Thank you Congress for selling your country down the river, you traitors!
Jul 21, 2014 9:34PM
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Wow that is a lot of money. The 4th World War will be fought with sticks and stones!
Jul 26, 2014 3:48AM
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Outrageous government contracts are why we spend more. It's no longer a military helps military, it's more military pays civilians to fix or make stuff.


For instance... I can buy a bolt I need from ACE hardware for .25 cents, but (here's the good part) I am not able to use that method. The same bolt I need I have to purchase through a government site(which I have to cause I'm instructed to do so) costs $20.00. Explain this to me.


I know for a fact that senators and or congressmen are behind these contracts to line there pockets.

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