Accession Number:

ADA265119

Title:

Report on Allied Contributions to the Common Defense

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

144.0

Abstract:

This report responds to Congress interest in the extent to which our principal allies are contributing their fair share of the effort to provide for our common defense. It analyzes various burdensharing indices and factors for the United States, our NATO allies and Japan, offers some conclusions as to recent and current performance, and describes what is being done to encourage the allies to do more. Our defense arrangements with members of NATO and Japan rest on formal commitments, freely made by sovereign nations, to contribute by collective efforts to our common security. Alliances, like other agreements, remain healthy so long as they respond to shared national interests. They remain acceptable to members so long as risks and responsibilities are--and are perceived as being--equitably shared. The contributions of partners include both material quantifiable factors as well as intangibles e.g., political factors, as when governments persevere in policies serving overall security interests in the face of competing domestic and international pressures.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE