War Facts & Figures

Throughout its history, the U.S. has had 1,197,475 soldiers killed in war and approximately another 2,330,290 have been woundedThese figures do not include Post Trauma Syndrome (PTS) victims or military suicides after the war.

The New York Times


Civilians often account for many wartime casualties. These deaths are caused by military actions, war-related famine and disease, and war crimes. Here are some estimates from wars America was involved with over the past century:

World War I — 9,000,000

World War II — 40,000,000

Korea — 2,000,000

Vietnam — 2,700,000

Persian Gulf — 2,000

Iraq — 193,000

Afghanistan —  38,000

The New York Times


For the past 70 years the United States has been the top supplier of weapons to the world. The U.S. exports more arms than than the next 9 countries combined.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 


The top 5 arms manufacturers in the world, along with their estimated sales figures are:

Lockheed Martin — $47,000,000,000

Boeing — $29,000,000,000

Northrop Grumman — $26,000,000,000

Raytheon — $23,000,000,000

General Dynamics — $22,000,000,000

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


There are an estimated 875,000,000 small arms in circulation worldwide, produced by more than 1,000 companies from nearly 100 countries. Their trade value exceeds $8,500,000,000 — each year.

Small Arms Survey


It is estimated that the world spends nearly $3 trillion a year on arms, and the United States drives the bulk of the globe’s weapons trade — about 79%.

The U.S. State Department


For fiscal year 2019 (FY2019), the U.S. Department of Defense budget is approximately $693,058,000,000 — which is about $2,100 per person.

U.S. Defense Department


It is estimated that the combined arms sales of the top 100 largest arms producing companies amounted to an estimated $315,000,000,000.


For comparison, the operating budget for Pax Christi USA – the largest national Catholic peace organization is around $450,000.

Charity Navigator


Much of the military’s equipment (bombs, missiles, tanks and ammunition etc.) is not considered a “consumer good.” “Consumer goods” are designed to be used and then replaced – a process which stimulates the economy. Most military equipment sits in storage waiting to be used.


The Costs of American Wars

Revolutionary War                         $101 million

War of 1812                                     $90 million

Mexican American War                    $71 million

Civil War                                             $5 billion

Spanish American War                  $283 million

World War I                                       $31 billion

World War II                                    $316 billion

Korean War                                      $54 billion

Southeast Asia War                        $111 billion

Persian Gulf War                             $61 billion

 

Total                                               $578 billion

Encyclopedia.com


War costs often do not include: training, recuperation, counseling, peacetime operating costs of the military establishment, the prewar buildup of military expenditures in anticipation of hostilities and the postwar tapering off of such expenditures, property damage, the lost economic value of people killed or disabled in war, and the costs of wartime economic disruption.


The costs of a war are often transferred to future generations in the form of interest charges on war debts, and these charges usually continue long after the debts themselves have lost their identity in the total national debt. In a similar category are the costs of veterans’ pensions and bonuses and medical and hospital care and lifetime care.

Encyclopedia.com


Landmines

Thousands of people are killed and injured by landmines each year. Almost 80% of these are civilians and over 40% are children.

International Campaign to Ban Landmines


Most of the deaths and injuries occur where there are current conflicts, but people are hurt by these devices in over 50 countries. For example, in Vietnam 40,000 people are thought to have been killed and 60,000 injured by American landmines since 1975.

In 1999, an agreement was reached to ban creating, stockpiling or the transfer of landmines and was signed by 163 countries with the exception of China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The U.S. is estimated to have 3,000,000 of these devices on hand.