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Uganda: Defense Spending
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From 1975 to 1985, Uganda's reported military expenditures averaged less than 3 percent of gross national productand ranged between 14 and 30 percent of government spending. Arms imports multiplied eight-fold between 1977 and 1982, however, from about US$8 million to US$65 million, measured in constant United States dollars. Expenditures then declined to an annual average of US$11 million between 1983 and 1986 and increased slightly in 1987. In 1988-89, the government allocated US$40.7 million to the military. This represented a larger portion of government spending than in other East African countries but substantially less in absolute terms than defense spending by those governments.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Uganda was first published in 1990. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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