North America Military Spending/Defense Budget 1960-2021

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 2019 was $753.95B, a 6.91% increase from 2018.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $705.22B, a 5.41% increase from 2017.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $669.02B, a 1.73% increase from 2016.
  • North America military spending/defense budget for 2016 was $657.64B, a 0.9% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
World $1,868.08B
OECD members $1,208.89B
North America $753.95B
East Asia & Pacific $426.59B
European Union $219.62B
Euro Area $184.34B
South Asia $88.06B
Latin America & Caribbean $61.51B
Sub-Saharan Africa $17.63B
North America Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $753.95B 3.25%
2018 $705.22B 3.16%
2017 $669.02B 3.16%
2016 $657.64B 3.25%
2015 $651.77B 3.29%
2014 $665.64B 3.44%
2013 $697.74B 3.75%
2012 $745.66B 4.14%
2011 $773.68B 4.46%
2010 $757.32B 4.56%
2009 $724.85B 4.58%
2008 $676.10B 4.16%
2007 $607.00B 3.81%
2006 $573.14B 3.79%
2005 $546.19B 3.84%
2004 $504.34B 3.79%
2003 $450.49B 3.63%
2002 $386.96B 3.30%
2001 $340.18B 2.99%
2000 $328.39B 2.98%
1999 $306.31B 2.96%
1998 $298.74B 3.07%
1997 $301.11B 3.25%
1996 $296.58B 3.40%
1995 $305.03B 3.69%
1994 $317.66B 4.03%
1993 $326.99B 4.39%
1992 $335.82B 4.71%
1991 $310.71B 4.61%
1990 $336.54B 5.27%
1989 $332.61B 5.51%
1988 $319.56B 5.71%
1987 $312.78B 6.06%
1986 $303.33B 6.28%
1985 $279.62B 6.12%
1984 $252.50B 5.90%
1983 $230.37B 5.96%
1982 $227.69B 6.40%
1981 $181.70B 5.30%
1980 $148.43B 4.86%
1979 $130.96B 4.68%
1978 $117.35B 4.68%
1977 $108.42B 4.85%
1976 $98.30B 4.85%
1975 $95.26B 5.27%
1974 $92.09B 5.56%
1973 $83.83B 5.55%
1972 $82.94B 6.15%
1971 $80.32B 6.57%
1970 $85.30B 7.59%
1969 $86.76B 8.18%
1968 $86.13B 8.79%
1967 $80.17B 8.95%
1966 $68.06B 8.03%
1965 $56.14B 7.27%
1964 $55.09B 7.74%
1963 $56.17B 8.49%
1962 $56.32B 8.98%
1961 $51.56B 8.82%
1960 $49.05B 8.66%