List of countries by military expenditures

A pie chart showing global military expenditures by country for 2018, in US$ billions, according to SIPRI
Countries by military expenditures (absolute) in 2014, based on data from the World Bank

This article contains a list of countries by military expenditure in a given year. Military expenditure figures are presented in United States dollars based on either constant or current exchange rates.[1]

Total military spending

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2018 fact sheet

The first list is based on the SIPRI fact sheet which includes a list of the world's top 15 military spenders in 2018, based on current market exchange rates.[1]

The second list is based on the 2019 edition of "The Military Balance" published by the (IISS) using average market exchange rates.[2]


List by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
2019 Fact Sheet (for 2018)[1]
SIPRI Military Expenditure Database[3]
List by the International Institute for Strategic Studies
Top 15 Defence Budgets 2018
[4]
Rank Country Spending
(US$ Bn.)
% of GDP
World total 1,822 2.1
0- NATO NATO 1036.1 2.5
01 United States United States of America 649.0 3.2
02 China People's Republic of China[a] 250.0 1.9
03 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia[a][b] 67.6 8.8
04 India India 66.5 2.4
05 France France 63.8 2.3
06 Russia Russia 61.4 3.9
07 United Kingdom United Kingdom 50.0 1.8
08 Germany Germany 49.5 1.2
09 Japan Japan 46.6 0.9
10 South Korea South Korea 43.1 2.6
11 Italy Italy 27.8 1.3
12 Brazil Brazil 27.8 1.5
13 Australia Australia 26.7 1.9
14 Canada Canada 21.6 1.3
15 Turkey Turkey 19.0 2.5
2019 edition of "The Military Balance" from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Rank Country Spending
(US$ Bn.)
01 United States United States of America 643.3
02 China China 168.2
03 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 82.9
04 Russia Russia 63.1
05 India India 57.9
06 United Kingdom United Kingdom 56.1
07 France France 53.4
08 Japan Japan 47.3
09 Germany Germany 45.7
10 South Korea South Korea 39.2
11 Brazil Brazil 28.0
12 Australia Australia 26.6
13 Italy Italy 24.9
14 Israel Israel 21.6
15 Iraq Iraq 19.6