Getting Defense Planning on Track
The financial crisis in Europe has resulted in a decline in national defense budgets. However, merely increasing defense expenditure may only lead to more shortcomings if the planning is not coordinated. NATO has taken initiatives to harmonize national defense plans and to identify and develop the capabilities needed for the full range of NATO missions.
Yet, the NATO Defense Planning Process has not been as effective as it should be: there are concerns of compromising sovereignty, and problems reaching consensus due to differing national interests. To understand younger perspectives on the topic, we asked:
How can some NATO member countries be encouraged to participate more actively in the NATO Defense Planning Process? How could NATO Members coordinate better to generate the modern defense capabilities that the Alliance as a whole needs? What are the best practices that could serve as role models in a renewed culture of cooperation?
We now need all members' help to take the debate to the next step. We encourage you to provide feedback and give counter-arguments, point out the articles' weaknesses and highlight strengths. If you are not yet a member, you can join for free with just a few clicks. By contributing to and enriching the discussion you will be extending a helping hand to young voices from the NATO Alliance and have the chance to influence the Atlantic Memo. After July 17, the shortlisted authors will write this joint policy paper to be presented to decision-makers.
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