The U.S. is the biggest military spender in the world – hundreds of billions ahead of #2 China
The United States spends 58 percent of the total defense dollars paid out by the world’s top 10 military powers, which combined for $1.19 trillion in military funding in 2011. With its unparalleled global reach, the US outspends China, the next-biggest military power, by nearly 6-to-1. Click on today’s infographic to see which nations round out the top 10 – and in the "What Do Others Say?" section below, explore more about the costs and benefits of superpower status.