Defence Spending: Atlantic Drift

The transatlantic divide is growing. America is spending big on defence. Europe can’t match this and thinks that development matters too. Will their mutual defence arrangements drift into irrelevance?

The World Today Published 1 March 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 4 minute READ

Trevor Taylor

Head of Defence Management and Security department, Cranfield University

The Bush administration has begun outlining its concept of the world security situation and how it intends to react. In his State of the Union address in the wake of September 11, President George Bush defined Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an ‘axis of evil’. These states, he alleged, are intent on developing weapons of mass destruction.

The President made clear that America would not wait to be attacked before striking against its enemies: ‘All nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation’s security…I will not wait on events while dangers gather.’

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