Skip to main content

NATO Summit Must Make Further Progress on Smart Defense

Richard Weitz

Next month’s NATO summit needs to make greater progress on so-called Smart Defense, the alliance-wide effort to get more collective benefits out of individual members’ defense budgets. The initiative aims to induce NATO governments to acquire military capabilities collectively that they cannot afford individually, so that even members with limited resources can contribute to expensive joint projects.

The May 2012 Chicago summit launched almost two dozen Smart Defense projects in such areas as logistics and sustainment; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and force protection. One country leads each project. For example, Germany is in charge of pooling maritime patrol aircraft; France leads the effort to establish multinational field hospitals; and Denmark heads the project to improve cooperation in procuring, storing and maintaining a wide variety of munitions. …

Click here to read the full article.

Related Articles

Is A Brexit Deal That Works For The UK And The EU Possible?

Irwin M. Stelzer

A report in the Financial Times newspaper today said that the EU had raised the Brexit divorce bill to an upfront payment of up to 100 billion Euros. ...

Listen Now

EU to UK: All Your Money Are Belong To Us

Walter Russell Mead

A cool €100 billion is the new estimated Brexit tax that the EU may ask Britain to pay....

Continue Reading