How has military expenditure skyrocketed?

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VHS

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Dec 2015
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More updated military usually means greater expenditure;
with the advent of smokeless powder (nitrocellulose) and repeating firearms,
military expenditure has been skyrocketing.

From shells to missiles, ammunition expenditure
skyrocketed to unprecedented degrees.
Wars were not cheap, even during age of cold weapons.

Are weapons more or less for display today?
When did the greatest increase of military expenditure happen?
How did the increases of military expenditure change military financing or arm races?
 

athena

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Jan 2010
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Hum have you heard of the Military Industrial complex? Eisenhower put it place when the USSR sent Sputnik around the world and it is a very important part of the economy. One part of it is education geared to advancing technology. It cost extremely little to send a soldier into the Korean war compared to equipping a soldier today. Because of the advancing technology, it cost $17,300 per soldier in Iraq.

WASHINGTON -- As official Washington argues over the spiraling price of the war in Iraq, consider this: Outfitting a soldier for battle costs a hundred times more now than it did in World War II. It was $170 then, is about $17,500 now and could be an estimated $28,000 to $60,000 by the middle of the next decade.
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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Hum have you heard of the Military Industrial complex? Eisenhower put it place when the USSR sent Sputnik around the world and it is a very important part of the economy. One part of it is education geared to advancing technology. It cost extremely little to send a soldier into the Korean war compared to equipping a soldier today. Because of the advancing technology, it cost $17,300 per soldier in Iraq.

Soldier's gear costs $17,500 and is rising

Oh, not this nonsense again.

This is no better than the Illuminati or Jewish cabals running the world, and Historum is NOT a place for that kind of conspiracy theory.

Consider this a warning.
 
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VHS

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World military expenditures (% of total GDP)
1960 - 6.1%
1980 - 3.35%
2000 - 2.18%
2017 - 2.17%
Is there skyrocketing ?
Vehicles and firearms are way more expensive than horses and cold weapons; then, even ancient warfare was not cheap.
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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Vehicles and firearms are way more expensive than horses and cold weapons; then, even ancient warfare was not cheap.
So? The figures Farquaad posted show that expediture is NOT rising, even if the cost of individual vehicles is. And are they, in fact, rising in real terms? A 1945 dollar is not the same as a 2019 dollar.
 
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Kirialax

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Dec 2009
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Why do we count military expenditure as part of GDP rather than national budgets?
 
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Vehicles and firearms are way more expensive than horses and cold weapons; then, even ancient warfare was not cheap.

Ancient warfare on large scale was pretty hard on a state. The manufacturing of weapons in the modern day can be an part of an industrial economy, just like any other production.

Modern warfare is generally more destructive I would think, but most ancient states couldn’t keep a year-round fully staffed and ready to go standing army sitting around.
 
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