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USAs forsvarsminister Robert Gates og utenriksminister Hillary Clinton er bekymret over nedskjæringene i forsvarsbudsjettene til europeiske allierte. Han frykter at USA vil måtte kompensere for bortfallet og påta seg flere oppgaver. En uthuling av NATO innenfra, kaller Gates det.

Det skjæres ned i alle europeiske land, og det er ikke bra for alliansen. Storbritannia skal kutte 5.000 mann nå og 15.000 på litt lengre sikt. Hvem skal USA ha som partner neste gang?

Members of the organisation are asked to spend 2 per cent of national income on defence.

Asked whether the cuts in Britain and Europe worried her, Ms Clinton said: “It does …because I think we do have to have an alliance where there is a commitment to the common defence.”

Mr Gates expressed his fear that the US would be called upon more often to cover Nato capability gaps. “As nations deal with their economic problems, we must guard against the hollowing out of alliance military capability by spending reductions that cut too far into muscle,” he said.

Det er finansdepartementene som pålegger kutt over hele linja, som i UK der budsjettet skal barberes med 10 %

As the Treasury presses for savings of up to 10 per cent, the army is also under pressure to reduce its manpower by 5,000 or more by 2015 and a further 15,000 before 2020.

US Is ‘Concerned’ by UK, Europe Defense Cuts