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The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite


A total of 23 countries doubled their military spending since 2004.

A pro-Russian soldier is silhouetted by the sunset sky as he mans a machine gun outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Tensions are high in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it's spending by 7.8 percent.

By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively.

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