NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fosh Rasmussen yesterday reiterated concerns shared by the US that some member states of NATO are falling behind militarily due to decreases in defense spending . . . Rasmussen indicated that the continuing decline and uneven spending levels could potentially damage NATO . . . only three NATO members, the US, UK, and Greece, spend two percent or more of GDP annually on defense . . . slow economic growth, austerity measures and deficit reduction plans have contributed to decreased military spending by NATO members . . . even so, the failure to bridge the spending gap could undermine the effectiveness of NATOs collective military capabilities . . . if the pattern is not reversed and the growing disparity continues, it could also threaten political unity within NATO.
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