DEFINITION: Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilisation, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)".
|10||Saudi Arabia||154.77 billion||2009|
|11||Sierra Leone||133.08 billion||2008|
|17||Burkina Faso||51.74 billion||2009|
|18||United Arab Emirates||42.7 billion||2007|
|41||The Gambia||113 million||2007|
Interesting observations about Military > Military expenditure > Current LCU
- Indonesia has had the highest military expenditure > current LCU since 1992.
- Japan ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst High income OECD countries in 2009.
- Zimbabwe ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Christian countries in 2007.
- Hungary ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst European Union in 2009.
- Russia ranked second for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Europe in 2009.
- France ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Eurozone in 2009.
- Chile ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Cold countries in 2009.
- Colombia ranked first for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Catholic countries in 2009.
- Canada ranked last for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2009.
- Iraq ranked second for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Muslim countries in 2009.
- India ranked #4 for military expenditure > current LCU amongst Emerging markets in 2009.