World's 10 Largest Military Powers
US leads the way, by a lot, with China No. 2
By 247wallst, Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2011 10:22 AM CDT
Promoted on Newser Apr 14, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
In this image made on Feb. 22, Marines patrol the main road in the Wishtan area of Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/ Sebastian Abbot)

(User Submitted) – In 2010, the countries of the world spent a combined $1.63 trillion on their militaries, according to 24/7 Wall Street. That includes money for weapons, soldiers, and maintaining infrastructure. The US led the way by far with just below $700 billion, more than the other top nine countries combined. Others in the top 10 list:

  • Italy (No. 10) $37 billion: Since 2001, military spending in the country has dropped 5.4%, the greatest decrease among all the countries featured on this list. The cutbacks are the result of Italy trying to tame its large debt.
  • India (No. 9) $41.3 billion: Although military spending decreased by $1 billion in 2010, it increased by 11.6% in February in response to China and Pakistan's strong programs.
Click for the full list, which has China at No. 2 with $119 billion in defense spending.

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Apr 21, 2011 5:54 AM CDT
World's NUMBER ONE State Terrorism Nation? - USA World's NUMBER ONE Arms Dealer? - USA World's NUMBER ONE illegal Arms Dealer? - USA Number of countries the USA has bombed or invaded since WW2? - over 68 Number of countries that are better off or more democratic after USA's meddling - NOT ONE. Not a single one!
Apr 14, 2011 7:44 PM CDT
Newser: believe it or not, I didn't click on the story to see just #10, #9 on the list. Would it kill you to put the complete list in the friggin' story for once? I had to click through about thirty windows just to see the list implied in the headline. Sell outs.
Apr 14, 2011 5:06 PM CDT
Dear Newser, Please add a "Jesus Christ Dwight Eisenhower is Rolling Over in his Grave" button just for this story.