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The CIA World Factbook puts the US as the world's 19th biggest spender on defence, although it's chosen to use % of GDP compared via exchange rates and not the usual PPP. That's inevitably going to skew things even before the fact that the figures are for a variety of years rather than one consistent one.
I also find it strange that an organ of the US government specifically devoted to collecting information only has figures from its own nation's expenditure for 2010. Maybe I shouldn't, given their track record.
It can be but that usually isn't a good grounds for comparing defence capability. If you look at the CIA's list, the top spender by %GDP is Oman. Much as I think the world of the country, it's not even one of the first rank regional players let alone a global one as No.1 slot might lead you to believe.