Accession Number : ADA265119

Title :   Report on Allied Contributions to the Common Defense

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Carlucci, Frank C.

Report Date : APR 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 144

Abstract : This report responds to Congress' interest in the extent to which our principal allies are contributing their fair share of the effort to provide for our common defense. It analyzes various burdensharing indices and factors for the United States, our NATO allies and Japan, offers some conclusions as to recent and current performance, and describes what is being done to encourage the allies to do more. Our defense arrangements with members of NATO and Japan rest on formal commitments, freely made by sovereign nations, to contribute by collective efforts to our common security. Alliances, like other agreements, remain healthy so long as they respond to shared national interests. They remain acceptable to members so long as risks and responsibilities are--and are perceived as being--equitably shared. The contributions of partners include both material (quantifiable) factors as well as intangibles (e.g., political factors, as when governments persevere in policies serving overall security interests in the face of competing domestic and international pressures).

Descriptors :   *ACTIVE DEFENSE, *DEFENSE PLANNING, *NATIONAL DEFENSE, *POLITICAL ALLIANCES, *NATO, *JAPAN, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), *INDICATORS, *COOPERATION, MANPOWER, MILITARY BUDGETS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, CIVIL DEFENSE, NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, GLOBAL, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES).

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE