Friday, June 10, 2011

America's European allies must heed US Defense Secretary Robert Gates'warning on the future of NATO

In his farewell address in Brussels, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates
delivered a blunt warning to America's European allies: there is the real possibility of "a dim, if not dismal future for the transatlantic alliance" unless NATO member states undertake a firm commitment to increase defence spending and make a bigger commitment to NATO operations. As Gates points out, only five members of the 28-member alliance currently spend the agreed minimum 2 percent of GDP on defence: the US, UK, France, Greece and Albania, and defence spending in Europe has declined by almost 15 percent in the last decade


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