[Originariamente pubblicato su Medium]
I was asked by Wired Italy to take a look at military spending, and here’s what came up running the numbers.
In absolute terms, Italy spends less than France and Germany but more than Spain.
UK cuts in military spending since 1991 were the heaviest, along with France.
Globally, military spending decreased a lot since the end of Cold War, at least until 2001. After that is started rising up again. Are 9/11 and/or globalization to blame?
And here’s where we are at now: US military spending is the big one, but BRICS are catching up.
Still, as a percentage of GDP, today military spending is much, much lower than it was at the heights of Cold War.
So, I guess, we could say we live in a less militarized world than our parents did, after all.
And here are the links to the full stories with details and interactives [in Italian]:
Cover picture: UK Ministry of Defence on flickr