Now, he says, “Other countries might feel tempted to go against China, knowing the U.S. has their backs.”
With or without movement of major U.S. military forces to the Asia-Pacific, U.S. partners and allies are certainly looking to bolster their own militaries.
As a group, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand are slated to spend about $1.4 trillion on military programs and between 2013-2018, an estimated 55% increase over the $919.5 billion the countries spent between 2008-2012, according to an Aviation Week Intelligence Work (AWIN) analysis of data provided by Avascent050, an online market analysis toolkit for global defense programs.
In terms of percentages, the largest known increase for all of the Asian countries analyzed in the coming half-decade is for research and development. The analysis shows it is slated to increase by about 66% to about $61.4 billion from between 2013-2018, from about $36.9 billion spent the previous years.
Procurement in the coming five years will increase by about 61% to about $379.6 billion, compared to the $235.9 billion invested between 2008 and 2012, the analysis shows.