The global trend towards more spending is worrying for some. “Continuing high world military expenditure is a cause for serious concern,” said Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board. “It undermines the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world.” Here are the countries working towards a demilitarised future—and the countries that are doing just the opposite. … [Read more...] about Defense spending around the world: Military expenditure as a percentage of total budget
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Latvia and its two neighbors Estonia and Lithuania are all part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), meaning that the U.S. and its other NATO allies would be obligated to protect the country’s sovereignty in the case of a military invasion by Russia. … [Read more...] about Russian Rockets Force Latvia to Close Airspace After Trump Promised to Sell the Country Military Equipment
“If Japan put its mind to it, within a year or year and a half it could have a reasonable capability,” Grant Newsham, a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies who once helped train the Japanese brigade, told Reuters about the unit. He added that it still needs a headquarters and better ships. … [Read more...] about With China Threat Growing, Japan Launches Marine Unit for the First Time Since World War II
Recent months have been marked by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the Kremlin. Russia has announced the development of a slew of futuristic weapons, aimed at demonstrating the Russian bear is a strong and formidable global power. From “invincible” nuclear-capable missiles to hypersonic missiles, President Vladimir Putin has been broadcasting Russian military might to the world. … [Read more...] about Why Is Russia Cutting Military Spending?
But the U.S. also views the Philippines as a key ally in its efforts to check Chinese influence in the region around the South China Sea, and has long lobbied to maintain a presence in the country. Last month, the two countries also agreed to allow the U.S. to store military equipment on a Filipino airbase. … [Read more...] about Under Duterte, U.S. And Philippines Kick Off Largest Military Drills Ever