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.


NATO's Ebola 'capability gap': where are the hospital ships?

By Dr Ian Davis, Director, NATO Watch


Canada, Germany derail NATO bid to raise military spending targets

Original publication date: 
Tue, 09/02/2014 (All day)

Hybrid Wars and Hollow Words: A Preview of the NATO Wales Summit

For Immediate Release: 2 September 2014

Contact: Dr. Ian Davis | +44 (0)7887 782389


‘Looking towards the Wales Summit’: “NATO must be a full-spectrum Alliance”

Speech by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Vershbow at the NATO Defence College in Rome on 13 June 2014