Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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chalmersmc-1-webNATO has released the latest figures on spending levels across the Alliance. An analysis of 28 of the 29 member states (excluding Iceland) shows that since Russia's intervention in Ukraine in 2014, most member states have significantly increased their levels of defence spending in real terms.. An article from RUSI gives context to remarks by President Trump at the NATO Summit.

The figures also show a significant convergence in spending levels between member states, with the largest increases taking place in those countries that have historically spent less on defence, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

While much of the focus is on spending by states such as US, Germany, France, UK it is important not to ignore the very large increases in spending across many of the Alliance's other members, including most of the Alliance's smaller and more eastern states. For the Alliance as a whole, the median spending increase since 2014 has been 20% in real terms.

NATO Spending: The Great Convergence is a RUSI Newsbrief article written by Professor Malcolm Chalmers. Access analysis at:

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, pictured here, is Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Some semi-lighthearted reflections from Joseph E Fallon

According to Jefferson and Adams support for the American Revolution in the 13 rebellious North American colonies never topped 30 percent

The British Army could have won and ended the war at the start - at the battle of Breed's Hill (the lower, temporarily reinforced hill between Boston and  Bunker Hill, where most of the fighting was and where the present day memorial is). But politics intervened. Many senior commanders belonged to the opposition party and did not want their political opponents to be the winners. They thought when their party was voted in, they could then end the conflict. What a better definition of the word "stupid".

And the Battle of Yorktown was a French victory, not American.
American forces - 9,150, British forces - 7,000, Total French Ground and Naval forces - 28,500!!!! (More on page 2)

Support for the American Revolution lead to bankrupting France, leading the King to reconvene Parliament, which declared itself the National Assembly, which unleashed Revolution, Civil War, the Terror - and Napoleon and a quarter of a century of war in Europe. None of that would have occurred if British Generals had fought to win Breed's Hill.

109 service personnel have been granted by Her Majesty the Queen in the annual New Year Honours list.. This seems to be a reduction ion previous years, and includes only one knighthood. 44 civilians have also been honoured either for their work in the MOD or in other aspects of Defence. The serving personnel named in the New Year Honours List for 2018 are listed on the next page.

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