Defence Budgets

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The current and future fiscal environments demand a smarter approach to defence budgeting and procurement in the Alliance. The debate in NATO has been too narrowly focused on burden sharing with accusations that Europe spends too little on defence. But the United States spends seven times as much on military force as on international affairs and homeland security combined, and its military budget accounts for around 45% of the global total. The United States needs to spend less on defence while some European states may need to raise their spending or allocate their existing defence budgets more wisely. It is time to consider whether NATO really needs military operations that cost double what the rest of the world spends on its various military functions. This is a summary list of all the content in the site categorised within the Defence Budgets policy area.

30th
Sep
2013

Anticipating the October 2013 Defence Ministers Meeting

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

10th
Sep
2013

Rasmussen bangs the drum for Europe to do more, everywhere

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

30th
Jul
2013

SACUR calls for greater defence spending in Europe

and for a security agreement with Afghanistan

30th
Jul
2013

NATO 4.0: Key Challenges AND Solutions

By Robert Steele

Summary

7th
May
2013

Rasmussen calls on Europe to do more for the transatlantic alliance

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

6th
May
2013

A new, New Deal for NATO, possibly

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch