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

(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.

In this image made on Feb. 22, Marines patrol the main road in the Wishtan area of Afghanistan.
In this image made on Feb. 22, Marines patrol the main road in the Wishtan area of Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/ Sebastian Abbot)
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