NATOSource

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[I]t is abundantly clear from the Review that our partners expect a more active – and even more robust – German foreign policy in the future. Expectations are high – perhaps too high at times.

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Only two of Nato's six biggest defence spenders — the US and France — will fulfil a pledge to protect military budgets made at the alliance's summit five months ago.

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Preliminary reports from fourteen countries examined for fiscal year 2015 suggest that only one (Estonia) will spend 2% of GDP on defence.

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The Bundeswehr (German army) is currently only 75 percent equipped with tanks and other heavy weapons, with equipment shared between different units as and when they need it under a so-called "Dynamic availability management" system.

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The cornerstone of EUCOM's strategy is physical presence.

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Our many shared values, interests, and economic interdependence with Europe provides unique opportunities and assets for collective security as well as global security cooperation.

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Lithuania will restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation, the government said Tuesday.

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Exercises are used by defense establishments to test their readiness, deployability, and logistical and combat proficiency.

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Excerpts from interview of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta by Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark of Spiegel, February 14, 2015.

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We are not only the finest fighting force in the world, but I think we're the brightest beacon of hope as a country in the world.

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