Spending 2 per cent on defence is not enough

By James Rogers

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As the government undertakes a reappraisal of the 2015 national defence and security review, the Ministry of Defence is said to be facing another budgetary crisis. Insofar as further efficiency savings are unlikely, there are two options: cutting military capabilities – and increasing the risk to Britain’s security and international standing – or spending more money to retain them.

The question arises: is Britain spending too little on defence? Senior politicians seem to think that they are spending enough.

As the prime minister recently told the new British garrison in Estonia, “our commitment to meet the target of spending 2 per cent of our gross domestic product [GDP] on defence” means “we have been at the forefront of the Nato alliance and that is exactly where we will remain”.

Read more in The Times.

HJS



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