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Document: Defense Expenditures of NATO Countries

The following is the July 4, 2016 report, Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries.

From the report:
NATO collects defence expenditures from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates
and subsets of this information. Each Allied country’s Ministry of Defence reports current
and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence
expenditure, and represent payments actually made, or to be made, during the course of
the fiscal year. NATO also makes use of up-to-date economic and demographic information
available from the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European
Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In view
of the differences between this definition and national definitions, the figures shown may
diverge considerably from those which are quoted by national authorities or given in national
budgets. Research and development expenditures related to major equipment are included
in equipment expenditures and pensions paid to retirees in personnel expenditures.

  • Andre

    Greece only ranks high due to its economic retreat but at least the Poles and Estonians are taking Russia seriously. Canada’s spending is particularly shameful as Ottawa is well aware that a Russian incursion into the Canadian Arctic will be viewed effectively as an attack on American security in Washington. As the United States’ neighbors have abandoned their security responsibilities safe in the knowledge that the United States cannot not intervene in an emergency, is it any wonder that Trump’s demagoguery about making US allies pay more is hitting a nerve?

    • publius_maximus_III

      Build an ice block wall, and make them Rooskies pay for it…

  • Sons of Liberty

    Germany should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Don Bacon

    NATO guidance 2%
    5 above, 22 below
    I’d say the nays have it, which figures since there is no real threat to the people who actually live there.

  • Horn

    Who actually expects Luxembourg to reach 2%, honestly?

  • publius_maximus_III

    By my count, only five (5) NATO countries are meeting or exceeding the standard of 2% of GDP for Defense spending, while twenty-two (22) NATO countries are not. Some real surprises are France, Germany, and Canada which have not met that standard for the past three years. What to do? Let the U.S. carriy the burden by spending at 3.5%. As usual, the American taxpayer is the doormat of the world.

  • cjakobsson

    Instead of making the expenditure to be the objective, the objective should be for each NATO nation to commit to providing a specific military capability – or a specific set of military capabilities – to the alliance. When you make increased expenditures to be the objective, you are creating a guarantee that you will not get your money’s worth for what you spend.

  • old guy

    Let’s be realistic. When has ANY freeloader, on a willing sucker, volunteered to reduce the handout?
    Looks like , in the game of life, it’s time to TRUMP the competition.