Defense News quotes VP and Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel on the agreement made by NATO member countries to spend two percent of their gross domestic product on defense: 


“It’s not going to happen across the entire alliance, but it’s useful for framing incentives for some nations to start to contribute more,” said Barry Pavel, vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council.

It is more important now for nations other than the US to contribute to NATO, particularly since the American military’s requirements are increasing at a time when its capacity decreasing, Pavel said.

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