Impact of a ‘smaller, leaner’ US military on the defence of Europe

Europeans cannot take a guarantee of US security for granted (photo:dpa)
Europeans cannot take a guarantee of US security for granted (photo:dpa)

When US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, unveiled military spending cuts at the beginning of 2012, he said the United States would retain the ability to defeat ‘any enemy on land’. But with the Pentagon facing cuts of US$487 billion over the next 10 years, many observers remain unconvinced. They also say that the development could not only weaken America’s ability to provide a security guarantee to Europe but also reduce Europe’s willingness to provide for its own defence.

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has instructed the Department of Defence to cut nearly a half trillion dollars from its budgets since entering office in 2009. His fiscal year 2014 budget proposal would lower overall defence...

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