Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Look At How NATO Pays The Bills

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Daily Caller: This Is How NATO Pays The Bills

NATO has 28 member states and many bills to pay, which are mostly footed by the U.S.

Historically, NATO operated according to the recommendation that its member states should spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense spending. Unfortunately, only five member states — America, the United Kingdom, Greece, Estonia and Poland — meet the requirement for ensuring their own and fellow allies’ safety.

Another way of measuring how much NATO members contribute is by looking at defense spending per capita. The innovative metric was developed by Robbie Gramer at The Atlantic Council.

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WNU Editor: Everything always comes down to the money.


Anonymous said...

Per capita spending is a bit misleading considering the huge population differences between the smaller and bigger nations (population wise) in Europe...the agreement is based on a percentage of gdp and showing capita spending is looking through a distorted view

Jay Farquharson said...

The whole thing is highly misleading.

It's based on Defence Spending by NATO Nations,

Not Defence Spending on NATO Commitments by NATO Nations.

It basically includes all the wars, deployments and commitments outside of NATO.

TWN said...

They have to start looking at the prices, the graft that goes into each purchase is in credible the value adding and corruption is incredible I saw a price list the Canadian army was paying for ammo back in the 1990's disgusting compared to what you could buy it for on the civilian market.At the time 5.56 Nato was $1.43 per round and you could buy it on the civvies market for as low as .40, if you bought 1 box DND bought millions of rounds and payed $1.43 there was something wrong, I wonder what they pay now?

B.Poster said...


You are correct on the graft and corruption. As I've stated here before, how much a country is spending in gross dollars on it's military is the least important metric when comparing military power between nations or measuring the actual military power of a nation.

While I have theories on why the media focuses obsessively on this particular statistic, it is somewhat of a mystery. We would be best off to either ignore this measure or relegate to the marginal importance that it really is.