:Something to Cheer You Up:

Despite Slump, U.S. Role as Top Arms Supplier Grows

By THOM SHANKER
New York Times
September 6, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/07weapons.html?th&emc=th

WASHINGTON – Despite a recession that knocked down
global arms sales last year, the United States expanded
its role as the world’s leading weapons supplier,
increasing its share to more than two-thirds of all
foreign armaments deals, according to a new
Congressional study.


The United States signed weapons agreements valued at
$37.8 billion in 2008, or 68.4 percent of all business
in the global arms bazaar
, up significantly from
American sales of $25.4 billion the year before.

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