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Which countries have the largest defense budgets? (15 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 26, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday that the Obama administration plans to drastically reduce military spending in the 2015 budget plan.

Controversy has surrounded the announcement, with some claiming the reduction to be unnecessary and others arguing that the cuts aren't deep enough.

Part of the discussion has focused on America's undeniable advantage over every other country in the world when it comes to military size and support. To provide some context, we've compiled a list of the 15 countries that spend the most on their military, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The institute tracks the overall amount each country spends on defense, as well as percentage of GDP and what percent each country's defense spending makes up of the world's military expenses.

1 of 15. Turkey

Spending: $18.2 billion.

Percent of GDP: 2.3

World share: 1 percent.

2 of 15. Canada

Spending: $22.5 billion.

Percent of GDP: 1.3

World share: 1.3 percent.

3 of 15. Australia

Spending: $26.2 billion.

Percent of GDP: 1.7

World share: 1.5 percent.

4 of 15. South Korea

Spending: $31.7 billion.

Percent of GDP: 2.7

World share: 1.8 percent.

5 of 15. Brazil

Spending: $33.1 billion.

Percent of GDP: 1.5

World share: 1.9 percent.

1. curlingsteel
Eagle Mountain, UT,
Feb. 26, 2014

Why do I have to click 15 times on this article to get the facts?
Come on, DN, is this so you can get more clicks for your advertizers?
I can look up all this info, and more, all on one page, if I go to a popular wiki site, and it provides graphs, maps and spreadsheets with actual articles.
This is news???

2. JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC,
Feb. 26, 2014

Lets see. There are 15 countries on the list. We spend about what the the next highest 11 combined spend.

You really dont think that we could reduce military spending, spend more wisely and still be able to defend our country?

Think about it. Use logic and common sense. Dont just follow what party leaders push. They are paid handsomely by the defense industry to push the narrative.

3. TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00,
Feb. 26, 2014

The figure for the U.S. budget is low. Perhaps it doesn't include all the costs of wars and military establishments, global surveillance, veteran benefits and the maintenance of an infrastructure of thousands of bases at home and close to a thousand overseas in other people's countries. Those troves of WMD are not only dangerous, but wasteful overkill. A reduction is long overdue. And a housecleaning. Far too many no-bid contracts are offered to politically connected corporations. The military-industrial-congressional complex is deeply corrupt and has done irreparable harm to country - far more than any foreign enemy in our history.

4. Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT,
Feb. 26, 2014

It's easy for other countries to spend less, when we're taking care of the world. Maybe it wouldn't hurt to have our true allies beef up their contribution a bit and let us ease off and pay down our national debt.

5. Itsjstmeagain
Merritt Island, Fl,
Feb. 26, 2014

The Defense Budget (Military Industrial Complex) is a jobs program. Both sides of the Isle participate. Today's contracts are developed by placing the subcontracts and vendor selection in areas with powerful and influential Congressmen. They place programs unwanted by the Services in the budget to satisify their voters. Curent and past Congressional actions included keeping the tank plant in Lima OH open but the Army doesn't want or need it. What Congressman is from Ohio? Boeing convinced Congress several years ago to buy 10 more C-17's the DOD and the USAF did not want. That program has work being done in 45 States. The good news is the funding was to come out of hide, the bad is what wasn't done?
We are seeing more systems developed not by engineering design but by political influence.