Welcome to the Defence Data Portal. Here you will find defence data collected and compiled by EDA annually since 2006. For some indicators, data is available since 2005.
EDA Defence Data is the best, if not the only, source of rigorous and comparable information on defence spending and force size of the EDA Member States.
In November 2007, the Ministerial Steering Board approved four collective benchmarks for investment:
These benchmarks are collective: they apply to the total sum spent by all EDA Member States together. They are voluntary: turning them into national targets is optional. There are no timelines for realising these benchmarks. Indicators showing the evolution towards these collective benchmarks can be found in the last pages of the annual Defence Data booklet.
EDA collects defence data on an annual basis. The Ministries of Defence of the Agency's 27 Member States provide the data. EDA acts as the custodian of the data, and every year publishes the figures of the previous year once these are noted by the Agency's Steering Board. On occasion, the data can be revised during the year. The calendar year is that running from 1 January to 31 December. The data are broken down, based on a list of indicators approved by the Agency’s Ministerial Steering Board. These indicators are grouped under five sections:
Data collection is based on definitions approved by the Member States. The Definitions above have been shortened and edited for publication purpose.
Note. Until 2008 Personnel expenditure had a breakdown: (1) Pay and allowances paid to: military personnel; civilian personnel. (2) Pensions – only if paid directly by the MoD to: retired military personnel; retired civilian employees.
Defence equipment procurement and R&D (including R&T) expenditure.
GDP, general government expenditure and population are based on data from Eurostat.
The authorised strengths of all active military personnel on 31 December of each year; includes all personnel in uniform who can operate under military command and can be deployed outside national territory.
Covers O&M (spare parts and supplies) of major equipment, other equipment and supplies, and costs related to maintaining utilities and infrastructure.
All national expenditure to cover incremental (extra) costs linked to deployed operations outside the EU Member States' territory.
Defence expenditure for which services have been contracted at central level with service suppliers from outside the MoD and/or Armed Forces.
All personnel-related expenditure for military and civilian personnel, including from non-MoD sources.
Strength of (Land) Forces troops undertaking or planned for sustained operations, including those on high readiness standby (the NATO 10% usability target). It is a subset of Deployable (Land) Forces.
Defined as total Ministry of Defence (MoD) expenditure and defence related expenditure from other sources (other Ministries' special budgetary lines).