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NATO's two percent illusion : Germany needs to encourage greater efficiency within the alliance

Die Zwei-Prozent-Illusion der Nato : Deutschland sollte das Bündnis zu mehr Effizienz anregen

Mölling, Christian

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract In order to plug the gaps in NATO's defence capabilities, Europeans - and Germans especially - need to increase defence spending to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP). The United States especially has been insistent on compliance with this target, which was set in 2002. But this benchmark has long been known to be an illusion, one many European NATO member states are neither willing nor able to implement. In any case, the 2% benchmark focuses on expenditures rather than improved outcomes. The federal government should develop its own concept of how NATO can apply its financial resources more efficiently - and it could use output criteria and specific contributions to convey its concept. (author's abstract)
Keywords NATO; defense policy; expenditures; armaments; investment; military; efficiency; cost-benefit analysis; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 36/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications