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

The EU's Soft Utopia

John Fonte

John Fonte's review of "The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe", by Todd Huizinga...

Continue Reading

Why America Needs Japan

Arthur Herman

Japan to the rescue. It's a refrain Americans are going to be hearing more often....

Continue Reading

Homegrown Terrorism and a New Ukrainian PM

Hannah Thoburn & Simond de Galbert

Richard Aldous discusses Ukraine’s new Prime Minister with Hannah Thoburn before speaking with Simond de Galbert about homegrown terrorism in Europe....

Watch Now