NATO annual report: First increase in total defence spending since 2011

14 March 2017

Key Points

  • Total NATO spending increased in 2016, according to estimates, for the first time in six years
  • Five NATO members met the target of 2% of GDP spending on defence, with no changes from 2015

NATO released its annual report on 13 March, which included data on member defence spending. In 2016 five members of the alliance were estimated to have met the 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) defence spending target set by members, with the same five having also reached the benchmark in 2015.

The 2016 figures are estimates by NATO, although historically the final figures tend to be very close to the initial estimates released by the organisation.

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