September 17, 1997

NEW ACDA REPORT FINDS TURNING POINT REACHED
IN MILITARY SPENDING AND ARMS TRADE

The U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency reports a reversal in 1995 of the recent downward trends in military spending and the arms trade in the developing countries. This finding is contained in the Agency's just-released report, World Military Expendtures and Arms Transfers 1996 (WMEAT 1996), the 25th in the series. (See 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 each of 172 countries over the period 1985-1995, the ACDA publication provides analytic charts and world rankings of countries for 17 variables.

WMEAT (pronounced "we-meet") is only one facet of ACDA's activity in the field of conventional arms. ACDA also participates actively in the administrration's formulation of arms transfer policy and continues to ensure that arms control considerations are taken into account in U.S. arms transfer decisions.

Copies of WMEAT 1996 are sold by the Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office. Press copies may be obtained from the ACDA Office of Public Affairs, telephone (202) 647-8677 or 1-800-581-ACDA. The ACDA website carries the main statistical tables and will shortly have the full report.