Report on Allied Contribution to the Common Defense: A Report to the United States Congress by the Secretary of Defense (1998)   [open pdf - 482KB]

The March 1998 Report on Allied Contribution to the Common Defense Report on Allied Contribution to the Common Defense presents the Department of Defense assessment of the relative contributions toward common defense and mutual security made by the NATO nations, key U.S. allies in the Pacific such as Japan and the Republic of Korea, and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Under legislative provisions dating to the Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (P.L. 96-342, Section 1006), the Department of Defense is required to compare the defense burdens borne by the United States and our allies, explain disparities, and describe efforts to eliminate such disparities. The Defense Authorization Act of 1997 (P.L. 104-201, Section 1084) updates the earlier reporting requirement by recognizing that there are multiple and diverse ways in which allies may share the responsibility for mutual security objectives. The report contains three chapters that include the U.S. responsibility sharing policy, key allies (NATO, Pacific, and GCC), and an assessment of country contributions (i.e. the defense spending as a percent of GDP, multinational military activities, military personnel, military forces, cost sharing, and foreign assistance) by each country. The NATO countries listed include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The pacific allies include Japan and the Republic of Korea, and the Gulf Cooperation Council that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.

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