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In dollars for defense, we’re still #1 with a bullet [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 05, 2012

The U.S. is the biggest military spender in the world – hundreds of billions ahead of #2 China

The United States spends 58 percent of the total defense dollars paid out by the world’s top 10 military powers, which combined for $1.19 trillion in military funding in 2011.  With its unparalleled global reach, the US outspends China, the next-biggest military power, by nearly 6-to-1. Click on today’s infographic to see which nations round out the top 10 – and in the "What Do Others Say?" section below, explore more about the costs and benefits of superpower status.