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The race to rearmament

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The race to rearmament
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The total world military spending in 2020, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Military spending accounted for 2.4 percent of world gross domestic product last year, up from 2.2 percent in 2019. The figures paint a picture of a world rearming after a slump in defense spending after the end of the Cold War. The growth of Chinese military spending led to the creation of a new security alliance between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom and renewed interest in an older partnership known as “the Quad” between democratic Pacific nations including the United States, Australia, Japan, and India.


The number of nuclear-powered attack submarines Australia says it plans to build after announcing a security partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom on Sept. 16.


The number of Lockheed F-35 fighter jets the United States authorized Japan to purchase in 2020.


The number of consecutive years China has increased defense spending.


The single-unit cost of a new American Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine


The number of aircraft carriers currently operated by the Chinese navy, with a third under construction.


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Nehemiah oversaw building a wall to protect the Temple. I don't know how to tell defense from offense. I regularly pass a one hundred foot square of fence, topped with barbed wire, where there was an ICBM aimed at Russia. The silos are abandoned and surrounded by corn and soy, which is ready for the combine. I remember challenging my fellow pacifists who complained about the Pentagon budget being fifty percent of the national budget. They were middle to upper middle-class. I asked them to give more to the Church, than fifty percent of their federal taxes. Perhaps we need those percentages published again.