Behind the scenes

Spending on the military,1988-2012

The end of the Cold War resulted in a temporary slackening of military spending for NATO nations and Russia. Since the turn of the 21st century, the United States has begun to pump more money into defense — driven in part by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — dwarfing Russia’s steady buildup.

Spending on the military,1988-2012
The end of the Cold War resulted in a temporary slackening of military spending for NATO nations and Russia. Since the turn of the 21st century, the United States has begun to pump more money into defense — driven in part by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — dwarfing Russia’s steady buildup.