Originally Posted by elsid13
This might be a better article from April this year. http://www.economist.com/node/21552193
. I just pulled the first two googled article for the previous post.
Also remember that China is regional power so you need to keep that in context when compare spending between their military and US military.
So this says they spend 50% more than they claim (which puts them spending less than 1/4 what we currently spend). A far cry from the claimed 10x. It also projects that China will be outspending us in 25 years. That's pretty meaningless as we can barely figure out whats going to happen next year let along 25 years from now.
But again, where China is beating us hands down in the investment they are making in their infrastructure and manufacturing capability. That is the true threat. We're wasting a lot of money building things that in 25 years probably won't even be relevant on the battlefield. By all means we should continue R&D (including building things) but not at the expense of our own economic and industrial strength.