There is no such thing as an arms race: the United States is always far ahead.

Before the Ukraine War, in 2021, the $2 billion barrier in military spending was surpassed for the first time in human history. It is therefore a cliché to repeat once again that worldwide military spending continues to exceed all previous peaks.

But it is not a cliché to note the abysmal disproportion between what the United States spends on the one hand, followed by the rest of the NATO member countries, and what the rest of the world spends on the other. Consequently, the arms race does not exist; there is no such “race” because one of the runners is always ahead.

The difference between what the United States spends and what its closest competitors spend has always been abysmal. According to the Stockholm Institute for Peace Research (Sipri), U.S. military spending in 2021 accounted for 41 percent of total military spending worldwide (1).

The closest competitor of the United States, i.e. the second largest spender on armaments, is China, with the difference that in 2021 it spent “only” $293 billion, i.e. less than half that of the United States.

Russia is a poor relation, with The arms race does not exist: the United States is always far ahead “only” $69.5 billion spent on weapons.

The total amount of all types of weaponry that would have been manufactured and sold in 2021, as well as how it would be distributed (2). According to these other data, the United States would still be ahead, well ahead of the rest of the world, in terms of all the different types of weaponry manufactured by U.S. companies and sold to the U.S. government, among others; these data would also include all arms sales worldwide.

Forty percent of the world’s largest arms companies are American. The top 5 are also American, by size: Lockheed Martin, followed by Raytheon Technologies, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics.

Fifty-one percent of all weapons sold in 2021 came from the United States and were manufactured by U.S. companies, compared to 18 percent from China and only 3 percent from Russia.

If to all the weapons manufactured by U.S. companies are added those that were also manufactured by European companies, operating in NATO member countries, as well as those from Israel, as well as from Japan and South Korea, a ratio of 75 percent is obtained.

In other words, 75 percent of the value of all weapons sold in 2021 came from the United States or its staunch allies.

Any talk of peace that does not include, at the same time, a concrete call for the disarmament of the United States, first and foremost, along with the dissolution of NATO, is fallacious.


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