Fact Sheet: Military Spending vs. Millennium Development Goals

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

The following graphs demonstrate the extent to which military spending eclipses all other global priorities. The estimated cost of compliance with all eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – eradicating hunger, universal primary education, child mortality reduction, disease prevention, environmental sustainability, and global development – are all eclipsed by yearly military spending figures.

In fact, all eight MDGs combined cost less than a fifth of yearly military spending.

Video: What Is $1.6 Trillion Worth?

At the expense of pressing global priorities in health, hunger, and education, the world spent about $1.6 trillion on the military in 2010. In order to appreciate just how big that number is, we added up what it would cost to address several other global problems — and didn’t even come close.

Video: Cultures of Resistance: A Look at Global Militarization

In 2009, the United States government spent some $650 billion on its military. This is more than the next 46 highest-spending countries combined. Much of this treasure ended up in the hands of profit-driven weapons manufacturers. In the following short film, Cultures of Resistance takes a brief look at the current state of what President Eisenhower famously called the “military industrial complex.” With the U.S. waging two wars overseas at the same time that millions of people are out of work at home, those pushing to reel in government spending and balance the budget would be wise to look carefully at bloated and unchecked military spending.

Video: No We Can’t – $1 Trillion and Counting

The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken too many lives. They have destroyed countries and souls, but they also have a pretty big price tag in dollars. Since 2001 our nation has embezzled over 1 Trillion dollars invading and occupying Southwest Asia. This is money that could have been used on things we need here at home.

This video was made by youth interns who work for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in collaboration with BAY-Peace (Better Alternatives for Youth). The video is a youth attempt to portray the economic cost of war. Please sign the petition to cut the Pentagon Budget.