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Interpreting Geo-politics through SIPRI’s Top 100 Defence Companies List

SIPRI has just published the list of Top 100 Arms?Producing and Military Services Companies, 2018 on 09 December. Connecting listing with countries in which the companies are based could lead to key deductions on the geo-politics in the next decade or so given that arms buildup has a medium to long term effect.

One challenge however is non-inclusion of China’s defence majors as NORINCO in the list due to lack of adequate data, however SIPRI’s guestimates could be useful.

Domestic demand, government policies including new strategic formulations are the main drivers for placing orders on the defence companies, which is a standard norm which has not changed over the years, some cyclical fluctuations apart.

The outcome of the List is not surprising with domination of US companies ongoing for at least two decades on global arms production...................

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