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United Kingdom - Military expenditure in current prices

(million US dollars)
in 2015

Though United Kingdom military expenditure fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to decrease through 2006 - 2015 period ending at 55,460 million US dollars in 2015.

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)

Date Value Change, %
2015 55,460 -6.29 %
2014 59,183 4.08 %
2013 56,862 -2.79 %
2012 58,496 -2.94 %
2011 60,270 3.77 %
2010 58,083 0.29 %
2009 57,915 -11.74 %
2008 65,619 -0.56 %
2007 65,986 14.79 %
2006 57,483 4.23 %
2005 55,152 2.19 %
2004 53,970