Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 11.8 % in 2017 in Bahrain, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 11.2 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Bahrain reached an all time high of 19.3 % in 1996 and an all time low of 11.5 % in 2010. When compared to Bahrain's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Iran amounted to 15.8 %, 11.3 % in Kuwait and 30.4 % in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
Bahrain has been ranked 17th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 1 places above the position seen 10 years ago.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.