This was posted a couple of days ago by Steve Clemmons. It's a table of US defense expenditures compiled by Winslow Wheeler at the Center for Defense Information. What's cool is that it collects information on expenditures on defense and security-related spending more broadly (Department of Energy, Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, etc.). The fact that total spending on defense and security exceeds the figures that we typically cite out of the defense budget is not really big news, but I've not seen anything tabulated like this before. I'm sure some spending categories could be added or removed, but Continue reading There’s Defense, and then there’s Defense.
Ralph Sundberg at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) sent me this video they put together displaying organized violence in Africa for a 21 year time period: The data can be found here: http://ucdp.uu.se/ged/