▲ Up
 
15:11 20-11-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Total world military expenditure rose to $1.686 billion in 2016
World | analysis | 16:48, 24 April 2017 | 9729

AKIPRESS.COM - drillsTotal world military expenditure rose to $1.686 billion in 2016, an increase of 0.4 per cent in real terms from 2015, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Military spending in North America saw its first annual increase since 2010, while spending in Western Europe grew for the second consecutive year. 

World military expenditure rose for a second consecutive year to a total of $1686 billion in 2016—the first consecutive annual increase since 2011 when spending reached its peak of $1699 billion. Trends and patterns in military expenditure vary considerably between regions.

Spending continued to grow in Asia and Oceania, Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa. By contrast, spending fell in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East (based on countries for which data is available), South America and sub-Saharan Africa.

The United States remains the country with the highest annual military expenditure in the world. US military spending grew by 1.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to $611 billion. Military expenditure by China, which was the second largest spender in 2016, increased by 5.4 per cent to $215 billion, a much lower rate of growth than in previous years. Russia increased its spending by 5.9 per cent in 2016 to $69.2 billion, making it the third largest spender. Saudi Arabia was the third largest spender in 2015 but dropped to fourth position in 2016. Spending by Saudi Arabia fell by 30 per cent in 2016 to $63.7 billion, despite its continued involvement in regional wars. India’s military expenditure grew by 8.5 per cent in 2016 to $55.9 billion, making it the fifth largest spender.

The growth in US military expenditure in 2016 may signal the end of a trend of decreases in spending, which resulted from the economic crisis and the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. US spending in 2016 remained 20 per cent lower than its peak in 2010. ‘Despite continuing legal restraints on the overall US budget, increases in military spending were agreed upon by Congress,’ said Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme. ‘Future spending patterns remain uncertain due to the changing political situation in the USA.

LATEST NEWS
15:02 Supreme Court starts considering Tekebayev's case14:53 Atambayev: New Chief of General Staff reduced personnel by 30% firing someone's relatives and mistresses14:51 Pamir Kyrgyz to be resettled in Naryn districts14:42 Ata Meken opposition party leader hospitalized14:26 Fuel truck overturnes and blocks Bishkek — Osh road13:43 Charles Manson, leader of murderous '60s cult, dead at 8313:39 Atambayev on his family members13:35 Atambayev says house will be built for culture workers13:26 Atambayev: We must build free-trade zone in At-Bashy because Dordoi sellers supply goods from Khorgos, not China13:24 Citizen of Kyrgyzstan suspected of extremism detained at Manas airport13:18 Atambayev says Upper-Naryn dams will be built in Kyrgyzstan, vows to find investors on his own13:18 Okinawa incident sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan13:14 International and domestic flights delayed due to fog in Bishkek13:01 Kyrgyzstan should define second half of border line with Tajikistan under same law which was used while signing first half of border line — Atambayev13:00 Atambayev presents his hand watches to journalist after he asked it for12:47 Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks12:45 Kyrgyzstan never intended and is not going to withdraw from Eurasian Economic Union: Atambayev12:37 Atambayev says would like to be remembered with kind word in 100 years12:24 Safe City project should be implemented transparently — Atambayev12:23 Atambayev on situation with Kazakhstan: I don't regret about teaching not to meddle in our affairs
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06