Global energy prices are helping fuel increases in military spending around
the world is the main new development, according to this report. U.S. military
spending continues to climb from the War on Terror. The full report can be viewed
here, along with background and
information on armed conflicts around the world.
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Republished from Reuters
U.S. responsible for most of the spending increases
STOCKHOLM – U.S. spending in Iraq and Afghanistan helped push up global
2005 military expenditure by 3.5 percent to $1.12 trillion, a research body
said on Monday.
Several countries, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, benefited from the rise
in prices for minerals and fossil fuels to boost their military spending, the
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its latest
“The USA is responsible for 48 percent of the world total, distantly
followed by the UK, France, Japan and China with 4 to 5 percent each,”
the Swedish government-funded institute added.
It said U.S. spending was behind about 80 percent of the gain in 2005.
Spending on weapons accounted for 2.5 percent of the world’s gross domestic
product, or average spending of $173 per capita.
A process of concentration of spending continued in 2005, it added, as 15 countries
with the highest spending accounted for 84 percent of the world total.
The global rise in raw materials’ prices helped some countries to spend
more on weapons.
“This is reflected especially in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Russia and Saudi
Arabia, where increased proceeds from oil and gas exploitation have boosted
government revenues and freed up funds for military spending,” it added.
China and India also increased spending.
“In absolute terms, their current spending is only a fraction of the
USA’s. Their increases are largely commensurate with their economic growth,”
the institute said.