Military influence

The US remains the world’s only military superpower:

  • It spends over one third (37%) of the total world's defence spending
  • US defence spend in 2015 was $600 billion from a world total of $1.6 trillion

At 3.3% of GDP, the US does not have the biggest proportion of defence spending in the world.

The US has the largest naval fleet in the world with the most advanced technological hardware. The scale of the US navy allows it to have a military presence anywhere in the world.