What percentage of NATO’s budget does the U.S. pay?

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Q. What percentage of NATO’s budget does the U.S. pay?


A. It is true that the United States pays about two-thirds of the total costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]. In 2017, that amounted to an estimated $683 billion out of a total cost of about $946 billion. Much of that cost, however, represents actual American military equipment and personnel expenses. The U.S. pays a much smaller 22% of the actual NATO budget.

Observers also point out that it’s also important to keep in mind the relative size of the mighty U.S. economy versus the smaller national economies of the other NATO members. On this count, the U.S. paid approximately 3.6 percent of its 2017 Gross Domestic Product [GDP] for NATO defense. Much smaller Greece paid the second highest share of GDP at 2.4 percent — although its monetary contribution was less than 1 percent of the funds spent by the United States. 

(Internet Resources including www.nato.int)


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