The United States has become a world leader in spending on nuclear weapons. Washington spent more than $37 billion in 2020, according to a report released by the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons.
Spending by all countries in 2020 was $72.6 billion, 1.4 billion more than in 2019. China is second in spending on nuclear weapons – $10.1 billion. In third place in the world is Russia – $8 billion. The top five includes Britain – $6.2 billion and France – $5.7 billion. According to the report authors, Russia spent $600 million less on nuclear weapons in 2020 than in 2019.