India reins in defence spending

NEW DELHI: India hiked its defence spending by only five per cent on Thursday for the next financial year, far below previous increases with the military one of the apparent losers in the 2013/2014 budget.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram raised defence spending to 2.03 trillion Indian rupees ($37.45 billion) for the fiscal year starting April 1, up 5.2 per cent from 2012-13 when the budget stood at 1.93 trillion Indian rupees.

In 2012-13, the increase had been 17 per cent and the year before that spending was bumped up by 12 per cent to fund a modernisation programme that has turned India into the world’s biggest arms importer.  Read more…

 

Source: Dawn.com

Defence spending in the Middle East

The defence industry is gathering in Abu Dhabi for the biggest military trade show in the Middle East.

Last time, it took place at the start of the Arab Spring.

Two years on, how has defence spending changed among Gulf states some of the biggest spenders in the world?

And where are defence companies targeting their sales in a new-look Middle East?

Source: BBC News

U.S. Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 Pie Chart

US FY2013 Federal Budget piechart_stillThe  Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes Fact Sheet 2013  was compiled by the War Resisters League as one of their GDAMS materials in 2012.

You may do a similar research on how your own government is using your tax money and take note of its military spending.

Courtesy of and special thanks to National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and  War Resisters League 

 

 

 

China takes aim at extravagance in military spending

China‘s military has introduced new rules to combat “extravagance and waste” in spending, state media said Sunday, as the country’s new leaders stress austerity to fight official corruption.

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, approved the rules which aim to promote austerity and control expenditure, the official Xinhua news agency said.  Read more…

 

Source:  GlobalPost

Haciendo frente a la gran bestia; Día Mundial de Acción contra el Gasto Militar

por Colin Archer

 

El gran monstruo del militarismo puede ser desafiado de muchas formas diferentes. A lo largo de los años se han desarrollado importantes campañas sociales en torno a determinados sistemas de armamento; por ejemplo: nuclear, minas anti/personales, bombas de racimo, armas cortas y, más recientemente, aviones no tripulados. Otras están abordando campos como el reclutamiento, las bases militares, impuestos para la guerra o el negocio armamentístico. El Día Mundial de Acción contra el Gasto Militar (GDAMS en sus siglas en inglés), ha logrado enfocar la atención sobre los aspectos económicos del problema, principalmente el gasto público. Para la Oficina Internacional por la Paz (IPB por sus siglas en inglés), que es la organización coordinadora, se trata de una parte de nuestro programa más amplio de Desarme para el Desarrollo Sostenible.  Read more…

Source: War Resisters’ International