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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 6, 2003


Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1999-2000

The Department of State's Bureau of Verification and Compliance reports that world trends in military spending and arms trade both rose in 1999. The findings are contained in the just-released report, World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1999-2000, the 28th in the series. (See the attached Fact Sheet for a summary of the report's major findings.)

In addition to statistical tables on military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, and economic comparison data for 172 countries from 1989-1999, the publication contains analytical highlights, regional trend charts, and world rankings of all countries by 17 indicators.

The last two editions of the World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers report have been published by the Department of State. The previous 26 editions were issued prior to 1999 by the former U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Copies of the report are sold by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. Press copies may be obtained from the Department of State's Office of Press Relations, Room 2109. The report is also available on the website of the Bureau of Verification and Compliance:   www.state.gov/t/vc, or contact the Bureau of Verification and Compliance, WMEAT Staff, (202) 647-8881 or 736-4290.
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Released on February 6, 2003

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