Military Capabilities

UK parliamentarians call for defence spending increase towards 3% of GDP

19 June 2018

The UK parliamentary defence committee has published a report calling for defence spending to be increased towards 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) to provide the necessary resources for national security.

Entitled ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence Programme’ (MDP), the 18 June report states, “defence spending is far too low”, pointing out that the United Kingdom is “narrowly exceeding” NATO’s 2% target, which includes pensions that used not to be counted when spending was 3%, in the mid-1990s.

Produced in anticipation of the publication of the MDP at the end of June, the report recommends areas it expects this review to consider, including capability, commercial practices, recruitment, and international partnerships.

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