NATO has released a report detailing the defence spending of its members.
The U.S. is in first place with $811 billion which is equivalent to 3.5% of its GDP. The UK comes second with just under $73 billion in spending estimated for 2021, which is 2.29% of its GDP.
Luxembourg has the lowest defense spending as a share of GDP in NATO at 0.57% of GDP or $474 million.
NATO say that it collects defence expenditure data from Allies and publishes it on a regular basis.
“Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure. The amounts represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the course of the fiscal year to meet the needs of its armed forces, those of Allies or of the Alliance.
In the figures and tables that follow, NATO also uses economic and demographic information available from the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (DG ECFIN), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).”
NATO add that equipment expenditure includes expenditure on major equipment as well as on research and development devoted to major equipment. Personnel expenditure includes pensions paid to retirees.
The cut-off date for information used in this report was 2 June 2021. Figures for 2020 and 2021 are estimates.