Global Defense Budgets

If you have ever needed to find reliable and consistent data about global defense budgets and military expenditure then you will be familiar with the various challenges associated with that task.

The Problem

Any researcher familiar with the subject will recognize the following major challenges when it comes to finding reliable defense budget data:

  • the lack of a single source ‘database’
  • no common reporting format
  • language barriers
  • lack of transparency

The task is further complicated because simply finding a figure for the overall defense budget of a specific country is only the starting point and will not enable analysis of important emerging trends.

In order to uncover these you need to have a more detailed breakdown of the budget into its primary components and this is where uninformed researchers usually come unstuck due to the difficulty in finding and interpreting such data.

The Solution

With over 10 years of experience in locating, analyzing and deciphering defense budget data from over 170 countries the team at Global Defense Budgets are uniquely placed to provide you with the quantitative and qualitative analysis that will help you better understand defense spending dynamics.

Choose from our four different products

1. Global Budgets Overview

This is our most basic data set. It includes the following metrics for over 150 countries

  • 2010 defense spending data in both local currencies and US$
  • defense spending as a % of GDP

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2. Country Snapshot

Country Snapshots includes a brief overview of current defense budget drivers as well as 10 years of detailed historic data including

  • the four key defense budget components: personnel, O&M, procurement and R&D
  • macroeconomic variables affecting defense outlays
  • data in local currency
  • data in inflation-adjusted US$

To see what we mean Click Here for a sample Country Snapshot.

3. Country Briefings

Country Briefings are much more detailed and available on request. Each briefing includes a comprehensive top-down analysis of the important developments and trends that will shape a country’s defense budget over the next five years, including factors such as

  • the impact of macroeconomics on government finances
  • how the defense sector will be affected
  • defense as a government spending priority
  • data on four key defense budget components: personnel, O&M, procurement and R&D
  • budget allocation by service
  • a five year spending forecast

The briefings themselves are concise and to the point and don’t include any fluff, filler, meaningless graphics or regurgitated cut and pasting from mainstream open sources.

Our goal is that each Country Briefing will give readers the most accurate and up to date defense budget data available, uncover the most important current and future trends and highlight the primary risks to existing forecasts.

To discuss which countries are included on out Country Briefings series please contact

4. Consultancy Projects

If you have a particular requirement that is not covered by either our Country Snapshot or Country Briefing series then please contact to discuss how we may be able to help.

An indication of our range of expertise can be found here

The Global Defense Budgets Team