WASHINGTON, DC — In “Pentagon budget priorities continue trend of decreased funding for NATO” the Washington Times covers the effects of current defense spending across NATO’s 28 countries. “Data collected by the Avascent Group, a strategy and management consulting firm that tracks global defense markets, show that total NATO funding from the top seven European contributors — the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain — has dropped by more than 10 percent since 2009.”
Ms. Balis told The Times that over the next two years, defense spending will continue to buckle under budget pressures because there is “no room to really increase the spending.” She added that Americans’ appetite “for continuously contributing as much as they do to NATO at all levels” is rapidly decreasing.”Decreased defense spending across these western countries will likely compromise NATO’s ability to face and win two or more conflicts simultaneously, according to several experts. Cuts in European military personnel, operations and maintenance are hollowing out western militaries as they jettison capabilities. All but the U.S., Britain, Estonia, and Greece have failed to contribute the NATO requirement of 2% of GDP to defense. In addition, as American contributions have consistently exceeded all other partners (73% of NATO’s 2013 major equipment expenditures were funded by the U.S.), looming Pentagon cuts are all the more worrisome. Despite these difficulties, NATO insiders claim that the alliance’s framework is not in jeopardy.
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