Military budgets in 2014
JP Schneider stashed this in Politix
Would be more useful to see the defense budget as a percentage of GDP.
Those percentages are likely much closer to each other.
US is biggest economy and therefore biggest budget.
I'm not so sure, really. When it comes to military might and capacity for defense, no general says "Well, it'd be more useful to see a comparison of tanks to GDP". :)
Generals -- and the whole military industrial complex -- in general want this budget as big as possible.
More people, more armor, more ability to defend.