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.

28th
Feb
2014

Summary of NATO Defence Ministers Meeting, Brussels - 26-27 February 2014

This would seem to have been a relatively successful Ministerial with minds collectively focused on how best to cope with the uncertainties thrown up by an inability to plan effectively for operati

7th
Feb
2014

Four speeches and some ire: NATO and Russia clash in Munich

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

27th
Jan
2014

Meeting of Defence Chiefs of Staff and NATO commanders

The attached briefing paper presents an overview of the 170th NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting, which took place at NATO HQ, Brussels on 22-23 January 2014.

12th
Jan
2014

EU defence policy: seeking complementarities with NATO

The European Council document, adopted at the EU Summit on 19 December 2013, suggests a strong commitment to the further development of a credible and effective CSDP. But is this really the case?

19th
Dec
2013

Rasmussen once again calls on the EU to invest more in defence capabilities

By Nigel Chamberlain and Ian Davis, NATO Watch

12th
Dec
2013

NATO Missile Defence: Full spectrum protection for all in Europe or Boondoggle?

By Nigel Chamberlain and Ian Davis, NATO Watch