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    I would be careful about using Think Tanks as a source without evaluating their agenda as Think Tanks are funded to support the conclusion that their donors want to reach and do not have the same rigorous standards that say an academic research team would be required to follow. Specifically with the International Institute for Strategic Studies has been rated by Transparify as the most deceptive Think Tank in the UK:

    These numbers keep changing and vary depending on which Think Tank you are using as a source. For example in the same Wiki article the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has very different totals where, IISS lists United States as spending $643.3Billion SIPRI instead has the US at $610Billion.

    Instead of reinventing the wheel I would suggest starting with a Fact Check from Politifact that was done last year where they actually contacted Sanders’ office about the out of date information he was using last year:

    “Sanders’ office, upon being contacted by PolitiFact, cited as his source a 2016 report by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    The 2016 report shows that the United States spent about $604.5 billion on its military, which indeed is higher than the next 12 countries combined. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, France, Germany, South Korea, Australia, Brazil and Italy spent a combined $601 billion in 2016.

    However, the most recent IISS report shows the U.S. spending is ahead of the next 10 countries. The United States spent $602.8 billion, while the next 10 countries spent a combined $593 billion.

    The change in ratio has more to do with foreign countries than it does with the U.S. military budget. While U.S. spending dipped slightly, Saudi Arabia boosted spending by nearly $20 billion. China and Brazil increased spending by about $5 billion apiece.

    PolitiFact alerted Sanders’ office to the updated IISS numbers.

    “We will update our talking points,” Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis said.”

    Another recent article mentioning Sanders’ in fact points to the important fact that with the recent increase we’re probably going to be spending more than even the next 10 countries if they keep a similar spending trend as last year while the U.S. increases its military budget as it looks like will happen.

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