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Chapter Assessment Internet Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to gather additional information, broaden your knowledge, and complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

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Military and Defense Budgets

While World War I was extremely costly, staying prepared for the possibility of war today is also expensive.

Work with a small team to present the military and defense budgets of several of the world's nations. Use the Internet and other resources to research the topic. Have each group member be responsible for one country.

  • Examine how much money each country spends on its military and defense, as well as what percentage of the overall budget it represents.
  • Combine your research on a large chart and present it to the class.
  • Discuss whether the amounts spent for military and defense are justified.

Military Expenditures - Percent of GDP
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/military_expenditures
_-_percent_of_gdp.html
List of world nations and percentage of annual GDP spent on the military.