The United States of Arms

U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017.

Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.

The United States of Arms from Will Geary on Vimeo.


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  1. SleepingDog says:

    Supposedly the USA effectively funded France’s colonial military spending in Indochina “at the rate of $1.2 billion a year”:
    so some of these weapons exports were used in hot wars to kill people abroad, not just stockpiled for defence.

  2. Gordon Benton says:

    I ask the question again … when the POTUS is bullying Europe to increase its ‘Defence’ budget to 2% of GDP, increasing to 4%, where is this money spent? It would’nt mostly be in the US, would it?

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