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Comparisons of U.S. and Foreign Military Spending: Data from Selected Public Sources Jeffrey Chamberlin Congressional Research Service

Comparisons of U.S. and Foreign Military Spending: Data from Selected Public Sources

Jeffrey Chamberlin Congressional Research Service

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Congressional Research Service Report for CongressThis report lists and compares military expenditures of the United States andforeign nations using two sources: the London-based International Institute forStrategic Studies’ (IISS) The MilitaryMoreCongressional Research Service Report for CongressThis report lists and compares military expenditures of the United States andforeign nations using two sources: the London-based International Institute forStrategic Studies’ (IISS) The Military Balance, and the U.S. State Department’sWorld Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT).Although the IISS and the U.S. State Department aim to provide figures that areas consistent and accurate as possible, cross-national comparisons of defensespending are inherently imperfect. Available sets of figures are useful, but often donot correspond with one another for a variety of reasons. This report provides twosets of figures from widely recognized sources in order to offer Congress a sampleof the data published on this topic.Congressional Research ServiceThe Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.CRSs analytic capabilities integrate multiple disciplines and research methodologies. In a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, CRS provides Congress with the vital, analytical support it needs to address the most complex public policy issues facing the nation. Its work incorporates program and legislative expertise, quantitative methodologies, and legal and economic analysis.