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.

29th
Jun
2012

Pentagon Warns of Repercussions if MEADS Not Funded

28th
May
2012

Chicago Summit Sketch: Sec Rasmussen’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Chicago Summit was a bit of a damp squib. The protests took place largely without incident as did the Summit itself.... read more in the attached pdf. 

21st
May
2012

Cash-strapped Europe's reluctance in Obama's Afghan strategy

NATO Watch director, Ian Davis, cited in an article on NATO's exit strategy in Afghanistan and the run-up to the Chicago Summit

21st
May
2012

NATO's Twin Crises

By John Feffer

17th
May
2012

NATO Watch Chicago Summit Briefing Series: No.5 Smart Defence

 No.5 Smart Defence: or how to reconcile 'Snow White and the 27 dwarfs'

 

27th
Apr
2012

NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting - Part II

NATO HQ, Brussels, 25-26 April 2012

20th
Apr
2012

NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting – Part II

 Brussels 18-19 April 20012

19th
Apr
2012

NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting – Part I

Brussels 18-19 April 2012