Toward a New Partnership in Responsibility Sharing: An Overview of the 1996 Report on Allied Contributions to the Common Defense   [open pdf - 79KB]

The April 1996 Report on Allied Contribution to the Common Defense contains the U.S. National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement that includes three essential elements: (1) national security interests; (2) U.S. military forces; (3) allied contributions to security. The importance of responsibility sharing with allies of the United States poses an important concern to Congressional leaders. An alliance relationship based upon shared roles, risks, responsibilities and costs allows the United States to align itself in a strategic role with regards to its' allies in Europe, Japan, South Korea, and the Gulf States. This report contains an overview of the strategic context of responsibility sharing and country summaries that include statistics of country responsibility sharing contribution in the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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