Newsweek – 2010-07-09 01:10:39
You and Whose Army?
The United States Defense Budget Compared to other Nations
Number 17, NYC & Jessica Ramirez / Newsweek
(July 5, 2010) — How do you take on a military that spent nearly $700 billion in one year? Well, you don’t. The United States’ defense budget is almost 12 times bigger than China’s, 47 times more than Israel’s, and nearly 73 times Iran’s. Here’s how the US military compares with other countries, both in budget and boots on the ground.
The US has 57 nuclear-powered attack and cruise-missile submarines — more than the rest of the world combined.
The US Army allocated $36 million for fire trucks and firefighting equipment –about the size of the total defense expenditure of Nicaragua.
The Army’s National Guard is the same size as Franceâ€™s entire armed forces.
The US Army allocated $36 million for fire trucks and firefighting equipment — about the size of the total defense expenditure of Nicaragua.
The Air Force budgeted $21.3 million on night-vision goggles — roughly a million dollars shy of Moldovaâ€™s total defense budget.
(Chinaâ€™s budget is low relative to its vast number of military personnel partly because of the draft and partly because wages are so low. Some analysts also contend China understates its budget.)
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