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Although the rate of increase in U.S. military spending slowedin 2010, the global increase in 2010 is almost entirely down tothe United States.
The United States now accounts for over 40 per cent of theglobal total.
The United States spends a higher proportion of its GDP onthe military than any other country outside the Middle East.
In many cases, the falls or slower increases represent a delayedreaction to the global financial and economic crisis that brokein 2008.
In Europe, soaring budget deficits forced substantial cuts.
In Asia, slower economic growth in 2009 explains slowerexpenditure increases in 2010.
Military spending increased more than 5 percent in bothAfrica and South America.
Support from the UN
Thanks to supporters like you, GDAMS has gotten more and moreattention from media and policy outlets. The United Nations’ HighRepresentative for Disarmament Affairs recently sent us thisstatement of support
:“At this Global Day of Action on Military Spending, I call ongovernments to consider the full possibilities of creating security through non-military means. Decent health care and a good educationfor all, providing confidence in one’s future. Democratic institutions,in which all citizens feel represented. A functioning rule of law,protecting people against crime and corruption. Finally, intensecooperation between neighbouring and other countries, building confidence and trust in international relations...”“The discussion on military expenditures will intensify in the coming years. The Global Day of Action on Military Spending should serve asa catalyst for shifting global and national priorities from massivemilitary spending to creating human security and safety for all.”Read the whole statementhere. Our efforts are being noticed – keepup the good work!