The Heritage Foundation heritage.org 11 Jun, 2021 13:30 am

NATO Summit 2021: Defense Spending Must Remain a Key Agenda Item

NATO Summit 2021: Defense Spending Must Remain a Key Agenda Item
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on June 14, 2021, offers a chance for NATO allies to answer the calls for increased defense spending. While progress has been made on defense spending in recent years, there is still much room for improvement. NATO faces myriad challenges, none of which can be met without a robust, sustained commitment to defense spending by members. At the Brussels Summit, the U.S. should continue to press allies to increase their defense spending in a responsible and realistic way.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on June 14, 2021, offers a chance for NATO allies to answer the calls for increased defense spending.While progress has been made on defense spending in recent years, there is still much room for improvement.NATO faces myriad challenges, none of which can be met without a robust, sustained commitment to defense spending by members.should continue to press allies to increase their defense spending in a responsible and realistic way.

Weak defense spending on the continent has led to a significant loss of capabilities and embarrassing gaps in readiness for NATO allies.As a result, American Presidents of both political parties have long called for increases in defense spending by NATO allies.

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