Press TV has interviewed Mike Gravel, former US Senator in San Francisco about this issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Looking at the figures that have been presented, it seems that the world, specifically the US, hasn’t come very far after the cold war era has it?
Mike Gravel: Not at all. In fact these figures are not surprising. SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) does a very good job monitoring weaponry around the world, but this is normally the case - the United States is far, far in excess in producing weapons of any other country in the world.
The figure that I’ve seen in some cases is that the United States produces more weapons than all the rest of the world put together. And that‘s a figure that’s even higher than what SIPRI represents,