The United States of America is known as a ‘Super Power’ for a very good reason.
Every year, nations around the world each spend billions of dollars on defense. When combined, total world spending on military forces is estimated by some experts as surpassing $1.7 billion in 2014. That’s a lot of money and the figures don’t look like they will drop off over the coming years. National rivalries, arms races and breakthroughs in weapons development all mean the final bill a nation is expected to pay only gets bigger and bigger.
Although the USA spends the most money on defense, in today’s world it’s a necessity both for peace through strength and when necessary for overwhelming, brute force. ISIS has murdered countless people in the Middle East and continues to threaten the west with the same fate. Thanks to president Trump, it looks like they are next on the chopping block – pun intended.
It’s not hard to figure out who some of the top spenders are when it comes to military budgets. Head and shoulders above everyone else in this respect is the United States. The USA spends around $600 billion a year on its military. Not only is that three to four times more than the next closest spender – China – that’s also more than the next several highest spenders added together. The War on Terror, regular upgrades to weapons systems and the ongoing competition with China and Russia all fuel this massive spending spree. Indeed, many nations on this planet have some sort of military rivalry with a neighbor which fuels spending and development of large armed forces.
Need to call in an air-strike? There’s an app for that!
Nett Warrior, a tablet-based computer system to allow soldiers to keep track of one another on the battlefield, will be getting an app that will allow soldiers to more quickly and accurately call for artillery strikes.
The following video takes a look at some of the most secret and high-tech weapons currently being developed or entering service into the U.S. military. After watching, imagine the technology we have coming in the following years.
Apart from simply buying fleets of tanks, planes and ballistic missiles, the massive military budgets of the world’s armed forces are also used to develop new and high-tech weapons. These secret and futuristic weapons take years of testing and development and sometimes never even make it to production. So why spend so much on something which you may never use? It all comes down to maintaining a technological edge over your rivals. Many futuristic weapons never leave the prototype stage because they are not practical for the time or there is a lack of funding. However, sometimes a secret and high-tech weapon can come along at the right moment when the funding is right, the need is there and the weapon in question is practical. Think robotics, stealth technology and laser weapons.
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