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DEFINITION: Military expenditure (current LCU). 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, demobilization, 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.).


Emerging markets 96.73 trillion 2012
Muslim countries 90 trillion 2005
Non-religious countries 76 trillion 2012
High income OECD countries 44.22 trillion 2012
Former French colonies 38.89 trillion 2008
Religious countries 33.18 trillion 2012
Former Spanish colonies 23.47 trillion 2010
Cold countries 11.61 trillion 2011
Middle Eastern and North Africa 10.73 trillion 2011
Europe 10.11 trillion 2012
Eastern Europe 9.77 trillion 2012
Former Soviet republics 6.52 trillion 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) 5.58 trillion 2012
OPEC countries 5.48 trillion 2010
South Asia 3.23 trillion 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa 2.4 trillion 2005
NATO countries 643.59 billion 2012
European Union 574.48 billion 2012
Eurozone 145.17 billion 2012
Potential Future EU Members 134.16 billion 2012