Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

Where the World Goes to Buy the Latest in War Gear

Global military spending rose to $1.68 trillion in 2015, making up about 2.3 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Over the past four years, photographer Guillaume Herbaut has been traveling to Jordan, Qatar, France, and India to look beyond the glossy veneer of the world's weapons markets.

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    A Qatari delegate with the Turkish-made 9 mm semi-automatic Pistom MKE T 94K and the 9 mm submachine gun MP5-K at the Milipol regional event in defense and internal security in Doha, Qatar.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    A Chinese People’s Liberation Army officer tests an American-made rifle at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (Sofex) in Amman, Jordan.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Delegates inspect the Main Battle Tank MBT, manufactured by the German company Rheinmetall, at the Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Detail of the VBCI casevac (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'infanterie) on the Nexter display during the Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Delegate from Belerus (center) and others during the opening ceremony of Defexpo: Land, Naval, and Internal Security Systems Exhibition in New Dehli, India.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    The display of the Spanish company Radete at the Milipol regional event in defense and internal security in Doha, Qatar.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Riot gear made by the French company Protecop during an outdoor demonstration at the Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Hostesses at the OFB (Ordnance Factory Board) display at Defexpo: Land, Naval, and Internal Security Systems Exhibition in New Dehli, India.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Chemical protective suit on display at the Matisec booth at Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Delegates at the Sig Sauer display at the Defexpo: Land, Naval, and Internal Security Systems Exhibition in New Dehli, India.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    A demonstration by the Wolf security company from France, specializing in security training, at the Milipol regional event in defense and internal security in Doha, Qatar.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    The Tommanikin trauma manikin designed by U.S. Security Assistance for classroom settings and field training scenarios, at the Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    Masaku Paul Mutul of the Kenyan defense forces at the Arsenal Bulgarian display at the Defexpo: Land, Naval, and Internal Security Systems Exhibition in New Dehli, India.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

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    The fuel tanker truck Carapace developed by the French Army during an outdoor  demonstrations, at the Eurosatory International Weapons Show in France.

    Photographer: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE