100 countries spending the most on their military

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August 15, 2018
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100 countries spending the most on their military

If we lived in an ideal world, conflicts would be settled via peaceful resolution and treasuries around the world would save hundreds of billions of dollars annually on military expenses. Unfortunately, it seems nearly impossible to turn on the news without hearing about yet another country being torn apart by violence.

Though the state of international affairs makes it difficult for any country to avoid some military spending, the degree to which governments invest in their armed forces is heavily variant, depending on certain factors.

Using data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stacker listed the 100 countries investing the most money in their military. The countries are ranked according to their respective per-capita military spending in U.S. dollars and listed along with their total expenditure, as well as how their total expenditure ranks amongst the world’s military powers.

Read on to see where the United States falls on the list.

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Senior Airman George Goslin/U.S. Air Force // Wikimedia Commons

#100. Kyrgyzstan

Per capita spending: $37
Total expenditure: $222.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #108/145

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Presidencia El Salvador // Wikimedia Commons

#99. El Salvador

Per capita spending: $39
Total expenditure: $246.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #107/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ricardo Reyes/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#98. Honduras

Per capita spending: $39
Total expenditure: $363.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #96/145

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Spc. Matthew Hulett // Wikimedia Commons

#97. Philippines

Per capita spending: $42
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #41/145

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Shdowcrwler // Wikimedia Commons

#96. Mexico

Per capita spending: $45
Total expenditure: $5.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #32/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#95. Jamaica

Per capita spending: $45
Total expenditure: $130.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #118/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#94. Dominican Republic

Per capita spending: $46
Total expenditure: $495.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #83/145

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SGT Christina M. Dion // Wikimedia Commons

#93. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Per capita spending: $47
Total expenditure: $164.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #116/145

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Panky2sharma // Wikimedia Commons

#92. India

Per capita spending: $48
Total expenditure: $63.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #5/145

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Senior Airman Peter Reft // Wikimedia Commons

#91. Fiji

Per capita spending: $51
Total expenditure: $45.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #138/145

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MC1 Brien Aho // Wikimedia Commons

#90. Paraguay

Per capita spending: $51
Total expenditure: $348.2 million
Total expenditure rank: #97/145

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Helene C. Stikkel/DoD // Wikimedia Commons

#89. Vietnam

Per capita spending: $53
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #37/145

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John Scott Rafoss // Wikimedia Commons

#88. Macedonia

Per capita spending: $54
Total expenditure: $111.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #120/145

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Sgt. David E. Alvarado // Wikimedia Commons

#87. Pakistan

Per capita spending: $55
Total expenditure: $10.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #19/145

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TSgt. Laura K. Smith // Wikimedia Commons

#86. Albania

Per capita spending: $55
Total expenditure: $162.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #117/145

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Israel_soliz // Wikimedia Commons

#85. Bolivia

Per capita spending: $59
Total expenditure: $656.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #76/145

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Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez // Wikimedia Commons

#84. Belize

Per capita spending: $61
Total expenditure: $22.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #144/145

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US Army Africa // Flickr

#83. Swaziland

Per capita spending: $63
Total expenditure: $86.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #124/145

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Cpl. Jad Sleiman/U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#82. South Africa

Per capita spending: $64
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #46/145

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Marcomogollon // Wikimedia Commons

#81. Peru

Per capita spending: $65
Total expenditure: $2.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #58/145

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Ricky Cain // Wikimedia Commons

#80. Belarus

Per capita spending: $67
Total expenditure: $631.1 million
Total expenditure rank: #77/145

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Tech Sgt. Rick Sforza/U.S. Air Force // Wikimedia Commons

#79. Tunisia

Per capita spending: $73
Total expenditure: $835.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #72/145

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TSgt. Jim Varhegyi/USAF // Wikimedia Commons

#78. Kazakhstan

Per capita spending: $73
Total expenditure: $1.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #66/145

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PH2 JOHN BIVERA // Wikimedia Commons

#77. Guyana

Per capita spending: $74
Total expenditure: $57.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #134/145

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Joshua Dodds, U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

#76. Ukraine

Per capita spending: $83
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #45/145

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Tech Sgt. William Greer // Wikimedia Commons

#75. Serbia

Per capita spending: $83
Total expenditure: $731.1 million
Total expenditure rank: #75/145

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7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#74. Georgia

Per capita spending: $85
Total expenditure: $332.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #101/145

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Chamal Pathirana // Wikimedia Commons

#73. Sri Lanka

Per capita spending: $89
Total expenditure: $1.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #60/145

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Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra // Wikimedia Commons

#72. Thailand

Per capita spending: $92
Total expenditure: $6.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #31/145

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MONUSCO Photos // Wikimedia Commons

#71. Congo

Per capita spending: $92
Total expenditure: $484.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #85/145

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Sharon McPeak/U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#70. Morocco

Per capita spending: $97
Total expenditure: $3.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #50/145

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Russian Ministry of Defence // Wikimedia Commons

#69. Angola

Per capita spending: $103
Total expenditure: $3.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #51/145

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Al Jazeera English // Wikimedia Commons

#68. Sudan

Per capita spending: $108
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #40/145

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Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Christopher Elmini/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#67. Malaysia

Per capita spending: $111
Total expenditure: $3.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #49/145

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CRANGORAMNE // Wikimedia Commons

#66. Montenegro

Per capita spending: $118
Total expenditure: $74.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #127/145

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7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#65. Bulgaria

Per capita spending: $122
Total expenditure: $866.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #71/145

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hamner.jonathan // Wikimedia Commons

#64. Argentina

Per capita spending: $128
Total expenditure: $5.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #33/145

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Ministerio de Defesa // Wikimedia Commons

#63. Brazil

Per capita spending: $140
Total expenditure: $29.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #11/145

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KGyST // Wikimedia Commons

#62. Hungary

Per capita spending: $146
Total expenditure: $1.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #64/145

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Cancilleria Ecuador // Wikimedia Commons

#61. Ecuador

Per capita spending: $146
Total expenditure: $2.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #55/145

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Frank Vincentz // Wikimedia Commons

#60. Malta

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $63.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #132/145

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Sgt. Casey A. Collie // Wikimedia Commons

#59. Trinidad & Tobago

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $201.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #110/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#58. Gabon

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $298.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #104/145

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Khustup // Wikimedia Commons

#57. Armenia

Per capita spending: $151
Total expenditure: $443.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #91/145

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WalkerBaku // Wikimedia Commons

#56. Azerbaijan

Per capita spending: $156
Total expenditure: $1.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #63/145

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Linda D. Kozaryn // Wikimedia Commons

#55. China

Per capita spending: $162
Total expenditure: $228.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #2/145

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ViceAdmiral // Wikimedia Commons

#54. Namibia

Per capita spending: $171
Total expenditure: $433.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #92/145

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Hossein Zohrevand // Wikimedia Commons

#53. Iran

Per capita spending: $179
Total expenditure: $14.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #18/145

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Orlovic // Wikimedia Commons

#52. Croatia

Per capita spending: $184
Total expenditure: $771.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #74/145

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PH1(AW) MICHAEL LARSON // Wikimedia Commons

#51. Iraq

Per capita spending: $194
Total expenditure: $7.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #28/145

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CWO Keith A. Stevenson // Wikimedia Commons

#50. Colombia

Per capita spending: $198
Total expenditure: $9.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #25/145

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SGT Zachary Mott // Wikimedia Commons

#49. Jordan

Per capita spending: $200
Total expenditure: $1.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #59/145

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Maj. Chad Carroll // Wikimedia Commons

#48. Romania

Per capita spending: $204
Total expenditure: $4.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #42/145

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Master Sgt. Donald Sparks // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Slovak Republic

Per capita spending: $207
Total expenditure: $1.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #68/145

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Military and Police Advisory Training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center // Wikimedia Commons

#46. Czech Republic

Per capita spending: $210
Total expenditure: $2.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #57/145

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Sgt. Joshua Dodds/130th Public Affairs Detachment // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Turkey

Per capita spending: $225
Total expenditure: $18.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #15/145

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Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet // Wikimedia Commons

#44. Seychelles

Per capita spending: $229
Total expenditure: $21.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #145/145

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MORS // Wikimedia Commons

#43. Slovenia

Per capita spending: $230
Total expenditure: $477.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #86/145

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U.S. Army Africa // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Botswana

Per capita spending: $232
Total expenditure: $531.2 million
Total expenditure rank: #80/145

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Guliolopez // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Ireland

Per capita spending: $235
Total expenditure: $1.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #69/145

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Mass Communication Specialist Steven Harbour // Wikimedia Commons

#40. Algeria

Per capita spending: $244
Total expenditure: $10.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #22/145

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Piotr Wlodarczyk // Wikimedia Commons

#39. Poland

Per capita spending: $262
Total expenditure: $10.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #24/145

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7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#38. Latvia

Per capita spending: $264
Total expenditure: $513.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #81/145

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7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Lithuania

Per capita spending: $281
Total expenditure: $811.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #73/145

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Hackerator // Wikimedia Commons

#36. Chile

Per capita spending: $284
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #35/145

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Seksen iki yuz kirk bes // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Cyprus

Per capita spending: $335
Total expenditure: $394.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #94/145

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7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#34. Austria

Per capita spending: $340
Total expenditure: $3.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #52/145

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Oscar en el medio // Wikimedia Commons

#33. Spain

Per capita spending: $350
Total expenditure: $16.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #17/145

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US Army // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Japan

Per capita spending: $356
Total expenditure: $45.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #8/145

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Cpl. Dustin Schalue // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Uruguay

Per capita spending: $359
Total expenditure: $1.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #67/145

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Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Portugal

Per capita spending: $365
Total expenditure: $3.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #44/145

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7th Army Training Command // Flickr

#29. Belgium

Per capita spending: $389
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #39/145

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James Brooke // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Lebanon

Per capita spending: $401
Total expenditure: $2.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #54/145

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Sgt. Sara Marchus // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Estonia

Per capita spending: $410
Total expenditure: $536.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #79/145

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Steve Chao/Al Jazeera English // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Taiwan

Per capita spending: $447
Total expenditure: $10.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #20/145

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Robin // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Greece

Per capita spending: $456
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #36/145

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Kremlin.ru // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Russia

Per capita spending: $461
Total expenditure: $66.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #4/145

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SSG Teddy Wade // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Italy

Per capita spending: $493
Total expenditure: $29.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #12/145

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ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office // Wikimedia Commons

#22. New Zealand

Per capita spending: $495
Total expenditure: $2.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #56/145

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wlodi // Flickr

#21. Germany

Per capita spending: $540
Total expenditure: $44.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #9/145

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Zinneke // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Luxembourg

Per capita spending: $545
Total expenditure: $317.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #102/145

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TheBernFiles // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Switzerland

Per capita spending: $546
Total expenditure: $4.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #38/145

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SGT Bertha A. Flores // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Sweden

Per capita spending: $561
Total expenditure: $5.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #34/145

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Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Gallagher // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Canada

Per capita spending: $562
Total expenditure: $20.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #14/145

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Markus Rauchenberger // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Netherlands

Per capita spending: $590
Total expenditure: $10.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #23/145

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davric // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Finland

Per capita spending: $651
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #47/145

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Gertrud Zach/U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

#14. Denmark

Per capita spending: $662
Total expenditure: $3.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #43/145

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Gertrud Zach // Wikimedia Commons

#13. UK

Per capita spending: $713
Total expenditure: $47.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #7/145

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USAG- Humphreys // Flickr

#12. South Korea

Per capita spending: $768
Total expenditure: $39.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #10/145

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Mike Morley/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Brunei

Per capita spending: $809
Total expenditure: $346.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #98/145

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SRA ESPERANZA BERRIOS // Wikimedia Commons

#10. France

Per capita spending: $889
Total expenditure: $57.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #6/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Krishna M. Jackson/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Bahrain

Per capita spending: $936
Total expenditure: $1.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #65/145

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Official U.S. Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

#8. Australia

Per capita spending: $1,123
Total expenditure: $27.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #13/145

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Sgt. Sebastian Nemec // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Norway

Per capita spending: $1,238
Total expenditure: $6.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #30/145

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff // Wikimedia Commons

#6. Kuwait

Per capita spending: $1,651
Total expenditure: $6.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #29/145

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Sgt. Eric Rutherford // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Singapore

Per capita spending: $1,786
Total expenditure: $10.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #21/145

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Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr./U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Oman

Per capita spending: $1,874
Total expenditure: $8.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #26/145

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#3. USA

Per capita spending: $1,879
Total expenditure: $609.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #1/145

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CHERIE A. THURLBY // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Israel

Per capita spending: $1,982
Total expenditure: $16.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #16/145

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Specialist Henry // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Saudi Arabia

Per capita spending: $2,107
Total expenditure: $69.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #3/145

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