About the book
The technical study described in this report was undertaken by ECLAC in response to a request by the Governments of Argentina and Chile for it to propose a common standardized methodology for the measurement of defence spending. The first chapter describes the background to the initiative and the processes carried out by the parties involved. The second chapter then discusses the main international sources of public information on defence spending. The third chapter, which constitutes the core of the study, presents a concrete proposal for a common standardized methodology for the measurement of defence spending. The final chapter summarizes the results achieved in this common endeavour.