Defense Spending

India Remains World’s Top Importer of Arms

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published data on global arms transfers on Monday that found India remains the world’s largest importer of weapons, reaching a five-year high of 11% of all global imports. 

Security personnel stand guard in front of closed shops in Srinagar on August 23, 2019. - An Indian soldier was killed by Pakistani forces on the Kashmir border, the military said on August 23, as a tense lockdown in the region of seven million residents continued for the 19th day. …

Taiwan Proposes 14% Military Budget Boost to Counter China

Taiwan on Thursday debuted a defense budget that would increase military spending by 13.9 percent over 2021 spending, a considerably higher increase than suggested by legislators – but still not nearly enough to counter the threat of a Chinese invasion, according to defense analysts.

Taiwan's "frogmen" Marines perform close combat drills just a few kilometers from mainland China on the outlying island of Kinmen, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Taiwan is holding small-scale military drills on an island it controls just off the Chinese coast. The head of Kinmen's defense command says the beach …

Warren: ‘We Need to Cut our Defense Budget’

During Tuesday’s CNN Democratic presidential debate, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for cuts in the Department of Defense’s budget and argued that the U.S. needs to “think about our defense in very different ways” and “depend

Elizabeth Warren at 1/14/20 Democratic debate

Japan Announces First Aircraft Carriers Since World War II

The Japanese government announced on Tuesday that it will deploy aircraft carriers for the first time since World War II as part of a defense strategy that will involve purchasing a great deal of American military hardware, a course of action U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly urged.

Japan's Maritime Self Defense Forces helicopter carrier Izumo sails out its Yokosuka Base in Kanagawa prefecture on May 1, 2017. Japan on May 1 dispatched its biggest warship since World War II to protect a US supply ship, one of the country's military roles expanded under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, …

Pay Your Way: Trump Seeks End to U.S. ‘Subsidizing’ Foreign Militaries

President Donald Trump on Saturday hit out at countries that rely on the U.S. “subsidizing” their military capabilities, pointing to Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and South Korea as culprits. In doing so he linked them to NATO allies in Europe that rely on U.S. defense capabilities while neglecting their own.

China Suggests Trump Resolve NATO Dispute by Cutting Defense Budget

China’s state-run Global Times was very taken with President Donald Trump’s declaration on Twitter that “NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS” because the current situation is “very unfair!” The United States spending less on defense sounds like a fabulous idea to aggressive expansionist China.

US 'committed to NATO': senior Army commander

China Rails Against ‘Deplorable’ Taiwanese President Visit to Hawaii

Despite China’s demands to deny her entry, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made a scheduled stopover in Hawaii on Saturday, en route to the Pacific Islands. During her visit, she promised to boost Taiwan’s defense spending, prompting the outraged Chinese Communist Party organ Global Times to condemn her transit of U.S. territory as “deplorable.”

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said on October 26 that the end of China's landmark party congress marks an 'opportunity for change,' as she called …