Public sector expenditure on defense in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019

Public sector expenditure on defense in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000/01 to 2018/19 (in billion GBP)

by Daniel Clark, last edited Oct 24, 2019
Public sector expenditure on defense in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019 In 2019, the public sector expenditure on defense in the United Kingdom was 40.2 billion British pounds, a 1.5 billion increase from 2017/18. Compared with 2000/01 when the UK spent approximately 25.7 billion pounds, there has been a net increase of 14.5 billion pounds.
NATO and the two percent pledge
The United Kingdom is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a military and political alliance initiated on the principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all. Members of NATO are expected to spend at least two percent of their Gross-Domestic Product on defense, a target which the United Kingdom just missed between 2015/16 and 2017/18 when it was 1.9 percent. Prior to 2016 the United Kingdom’s defense spending was always above this target and was higher than three percent of GDP before the mid-1990s.

Global military spending
Compared with the rest of the world, the United Kingdom spent the seventh most on defense, less than the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India, France and Russia, but slightly more than Germany. In terms of military spending as a share of GDP, the UK was behind eight other countries, especially Saudi Arabia which spent 8.8 percent of it’s GDP on defense.
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