Champion cuts in the defense budget, with its impressive rate of 47.3%, has emerged as Greece this year, 2012, compared with the corresponding 2008 budget, among member countries of NATO, according to the specific American version of the valid inspection 4is/6/2012 of Defense News. In this article ... Greece is the first place, by reducing the defense budget this year to reach this year in absolute terms the 4.8 billion dollars (prices are in U.S. dollars because the newspaper is American) from 9.1 billion . dollars in 2008. Second comes the reductions in Spain, the defense budget has dropped from 13.2 billion dollars (2008) to 7.8 (2012), a reduction in other words the order of 40.9%. In third place this informal competition to Ireland, from 1.31 billion dollars (2008) fell to .899 (2012), a decrease of 31.4%. Fourth Italy, which from the 22.4 billion dollars (2008) fell to 17.6 billion dollars - or 21.4%. Practically, we see that the euro zone countries that present the biggest economic problems are the ones that have already made the biggest cuts in defense budgets, which can largely be characterized as "reasonable" and "expected," enough to be on the basis of rational program ... and not in the leg, without study.
To have a benchmark with other countries of the Alliance, where the broader trend is that of general cuts whose size is one that varies, and we provide the following information:
Then the above countries, in fifth place is Britain. whose defense budget has dropped from 67.5 billion dollars (2008) to 54.4 billion U.S. dollars (2012) or a rate of 19.4%. In the sixth, the Netherlands (from 12.5 billion to 10.2 billion dollars), a decrease of 18.4%. At the other extreme are France (decrease of 6.8%), Poland (-9%), Germany (-3.7%) and Norway (-3.4%).
Of course, it would be this particular article by Tom Kington and Pierre Tran entitled ŤAustere Landscape. Militaries Struggle to protect capabilities, rethink strategies ťof a valid American newspaper to give a copy to read by the gentlemen (and ladies) of the Left parties, which very easily uttered without any thought and study, nonsense style will" and move to new cuts in our defense programs "as-supposed-solution to the current, dire economic crisis in the country, which of course is visible and undeniable.