Global Military Expenditure Sees Largest Annual Increase In A Decade
Total global military expenditure rose to $1917 billion in 2019, according to new data
from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total for 2019
represents an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in
spending since 2010. The five largest spenders in 2019, which accounted for 62 per cent
of expenditure, were the United States, China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia. This is
the first time that two Asian states have featured among the top three military
spenders. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is
accessible from today at www.sipri.org. . . .
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SARS and HIV, and 12-18 for the measles. Generally, a high R0 score would be around 2 or
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ancestors are still with us.--"
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