Skip to Content
Manchester Metropolitan University Library
NATO and the challenges of austerity

NATO and the challenges of austerity

Larrabee, F. Stephen

"In the coming decade, NATO faces growing fiscal austerity and declining defense budgets. This study analyzes the impact of planned defense budget cuts on the capabilities of seven European members of NATO -- the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Poland -- that together represent more than 80 percent of NATO Europe's defense spending. The result of the anticipated cuts and future financial constraints is that the capacity of the major European powers to project military power will be highly constrained: The air, land, and sea forces of key U.S. European allies are rapidly reaching the point at which they can perform only one moderate-sized operation at a time and will be hard-pressed to meet the rotation requirements of a protracted, small-scale irregular warfare mission. Power projection and sustainment of significant forces outside Europe's immediate neighborhood will be particularly difficult. The authors discuss these challenges in a strategic context, including the operational and planning weaknesses exposed by NATO's intervention in Libya in 2011, and make recommendations for U.S. policy with regard to NATO."--Page 4 of cover

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2012

This resource is available electronically from the following locations


Statement of responsibility: F. Stephen Larrabee [and others]
ISBN: 0833068474, 0833068482, 0833068490, 0833068504, 9780833068477, 9780833068484, 9780833068491, 9780833068507
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-115).
Note: "National Defense Research Institute."
Note: "MG-1196-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 115 pages) : illustrations.
Series: Monograph / Rand Corporation
Subject: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Armed Forces Appropriations and expenditures.; Armed Forces Appropriations and expenditures.; Military policy.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); North America Military policy.; HISTORY Military Other.; Armed Forces Operational readiness.; Europe Military policy.; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Armed Forces Operational readiness.; Europe.; North America Armed Forces Appropriations and expenditures.; North America.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; Europe Armed Forces Appropriations and expenditures.; North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction: The defense spending gap; Purpose and organization of the study
  2. The impact of defense cuts on key NATO allies: United Kingdom; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Netherlands; Poland; Future prospects
  3. NATO Europe's capability for defense and power projection in the coming decade: Defense of NATO territory; Missions in NATO's immediate neighborhood; High-intensity power-projection missions in more distant regions; Long-range operations with small "conventional" forces; Long-range SOF operations; Conclusion
  4. The broader strategic context: The limits of smart defense; Pooling and sharing; The impact of the Euro crisis; The European defense industrial sector; The Libyan Intervention: lessons and implications; Shifting U.S. defense priorities
  5. Implications and recommendations for U.S. policy: Transatlantic defense challenges in an era of austerity; Sustaining the alliance over the long run.