North America Military Spending/Defense Budget 1960-2020

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $670.42B, a 6.9% increase from 2017.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $627.15B, a 1.5% increase from 2016.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $617.89B, a 0.63% increase from 2015.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2015 was $614.04B, a 2.19% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
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Country Name Billions of US $
World $1,782.35B
OECD members $1,132.51B
North America $670.42B
East Asia & Pacific $420.37B
European Union $230.96B
Euro Area $198.44B
South Asia $84.06B
Latin America & Caribbean $64.18B
Sub-Saharan Africa $18.32B
North America Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2018 $670.42B 3.02%
2017 $627.15B 2.97%
2016 $617.89B 3.05%
2015 $614.04B 3.10%
2014 $627.77B 3.25%
2013 $658.22B 3.53%
2012 $705.23B 3.91%
2011 $732.73B 4.23%
2010 $717.50B 4.32%
2009 $687.50B 4.35%
2008 $640.47B 3.94%
2007 $574.38B 3.61%
2006 $542.47B 3.59%
2005 $516.34B 3.63%
2004 $476.01B 3.58%
2003 $425.18B 3.43%
2002 $365.22B 3.11%
2001 $321.12B 2.83%
2000 $310.00B 2.81%
1999 $289.18B 2.80%
1998 $282.03B 2.90%
1997 $284.27B 3.07%
1996 $280.03B 3.21%
1995 $288.03B 3.49%
1994 $297.64B 3.78%
1993 $307.91B 4.13%
1992 $315.93B 4.43%
1991 $291.63B 4.33%
1990 $317.58B 4.98%
1989 $314.83B 5.22%
1988 $302.99B 5.41%
1987 $296.85B 5.76%
1986 $288.89B 5.98%
1985 $265.63B 5.81%
1984 $238.81B 5.58%
1983 $220.57B 5.70%
1982 $219.64B 6.17%
1981 $175.03B 5.11%
1980 $142.94B 4.68%
1979 $126.36B 4.51%
1978 $113.22B 4.51%
1977 $104.68B 4.68%
1976 $94.59B 4.67%
1975 $91.58B 5.07%
1974 $88.72B 5.36%
1973 $80.72B 5.35%
1972 $79.87B 5.93%
1971 $76.94B 6.29%
1970 $81.74B 7.27%
1969 $83.21B 7.84%
1968 $82.53B 8.42%
1967 $77.22B 8.62%
1966 $65.19B 7.70%
1965 $53.40B 6.91%
1964 $52.87B 7.43%
1963 $53.91B 8.15%
1962 $54.05B 8.62%
1961 $49.49B 8.46%
1960 $47.08B 8.31%