The Associated PressArmed soldiers on guard in Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010. (Associated Press)
Despite the global financial crisis, world military spending almost doubled in the past decade to reach $1.6 trillion Cdn in 2009, a Swedish think-tank said Wednesday. In its 2010 yearbook, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said that spending between 2008 and 2009 grew 5.9 per cent. The United States remains the biggest spender, accounting for some 54 per cent of the increase, the report said.