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Russia's Military Spending Declines; US Now a Third of Global Spending

• by Jason Ditz

With US military spending continuing to rise, mostly on claims of the "threat" posed by Russia, many would be surprised to learn that Russia's military spending actually dropped 20% in the last year. As a Reuters article details, Russia's military spending looks to be on a general decline going forward.

Worldwide military spending was slightly up over the last year, with the US amounting to more than a third (35%) of global military spending. Russia's decline actually brings them down to the fourth highest spending military worldwide, passed by Saudi Arabia.

In March, Russia announced that over the next five years they plan to cut their overall military spending to less than 3% of their national GDP. That means substantial further cuts in the next few years, and will likely mean multiple additional nations will pass them in military spending.