U.S. nosed out by Yemen on military spendingNovember 5, 2009
In 2006, the Republic of Yemen had a gross domestic product of $19 billion and a military budget of $1.1 billion*—5.8 percent of GDP.
Despite America’s 5,000 nuclear warheads,† 1½ million active service members,‡ 300 major military bases,§ and two significant wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Yemen STILL has aislightly bigger defense budget than the United States**– as a percentage of GDP.
The usual disclaimer applies—this particular post is about Islamic militarism, not terrorism, and any impression that the two are connected is your own. Stay tuned to Money Jihad for more evidence of the pattern of hefty military spending by Muslim countries.
* “Yemen, Country Profile.” Library of Congress – Federal Research Division. August 2008.
† Norris, Robert S. and Kristensen, Hans M. “U.S. nuclear forces, 2008.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Volume 64, Number 1, March / April 2008 .
‡ Department of Defense statistics at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/MILITARY/miltop.htm
§ Global Security data at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/sites.htm
** CIA World Factbook and Travis Sharp, Growth in U.S. Defense Spending Over the Last Decade, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, February 26, 2009.