U.S. Far Exceeds Other Countries in Military Spending

Blog Post
Monday, December 03, 2018

Recent reports on U.S. defense spending have raised questions about whether it is too much or too little, as discussed in a recent blog post.

In response to a reader’s suggestion, we are presenting some information on how what the United States spends on its military compares to what some other countries spend. As a chart by our friends at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation shows, the United States last year spent more than the next seven countries combined.

Defense spending by country

Those countries are China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

The chart, based on data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, shows $610 billion spent by the U.S. while the combined total for the other seven countries is only $578 billion.