The region accounts for more than a fifth of the global defense budget and is expected to grow. With a defense budget that is second only to the U. The buildup is motivating surrounding countries to bolster their armed forces too — good news for purveyors of submarines, unmanned vehicles and warplanes. And it is considering restarting arms sales to the Philippines. In his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, acting U. So the only way to level up is through the use of unmanned platforms and artificial intelligence.
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Military spending is soaring in the Asia-Pacific region. Here’s why
Countries in Asia have been major players in that trade. The continent was home to three of the top 10 arms exporters between and — and eight of the 10 top arms importers. Arms sales indicate who is beefing up their armed forces, but head-to-head military comparisons are more complex.
These studies summarize the global military balance in graphic and tabular form, as well as extensive analysis of real-world warfighting capabilities. The studies are divided by region and sub-region, and cover the trends in conventional forces, nuclear forces, arms proliferation, military efforts and spending, procurement and arms import activity, force modernization, and force quality. Each balance differs in content to reflect the varying tensions and force trends in each respective region. The individual balances are also tailored to support qualitative as well as quantitative analysis, as well as analysis of arms control issues. In some regions, notably the Middle East, the military data are supplemented by extensive data on economic, demographic, and energy trends.