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Published on June 7th, 2021 | by Susi Snyder

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What was spent on nuclear weapons in 2020?

The ICAN report Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending reveals just how much was spent by the nine nuclear armed governments in 2020. The report also explains how much money went to defence contractors, and how much they in turn spent on lobbying to make sure funding continued to be approved.

The $72.6 billion in spending amounts to $137,666 every minute, and (after adjusting for inflation) represents an increase of $1.4 billion from last year. 

Business as usual? This is how much was spent on nuclear weapons in 2020…

Why would these countries spend so much, in the midst of the worst global pandemic in a century? The report shows that it’s not security interests, or even a resumption of so-called great power competition driving this increased spending, it’s business. 

Read the full report here > Complicit: 2020 global nuclear weapons spending


About the Author

Susi is the project lead for the PAX No Nukes project, she also coordinates the Don’t Bank on the Bomb research and campaign. Read more about Susi here.



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