NATO’s two percent metric is reductive and politically fraught but offers lessons for better ways to measure burden sharing.
About this episode
In the very first episode of the NATO 20/2020 podcast, freelance journalist in Brussels, Teri Schultz, had a discussion with her guests Derek Chollet, Steven Keil, and Chris Skaluba, about their recommendation that NATO rethink and replace its 2% of GDP defense spending guideline.
You will discover what this metric is, reasons to rethink and replace it, and how it’s measured, all in this episode. This is a must watch for NATO nerds and those who know nothing about 2% alike. In this episode, we learn:
- The background on the 2% pledge that was made at the Wales NATO Summit of 2014, where countries pledged to someday spend 2% of their GDP on their own militaries.
- Why it’s time to drop the 2%, why it hasn’t worked, its shortcomings, and our suggested way forward.
- Reasons why countries spending 2% of their GDP on militaries was an imperfect metric to use and what responsible Alliance partnership looks like.
- How the US measures its defense spending versus how other countries do this based on what each needs to defend.
- Why the 2% is measurement by inputs, as well as recommendations to measure by inputs and outputs.
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