The Three Per Cent Solution and the Future of NATO

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The Three Per Cent Solution and the Future of NATO

By The Staff of the Foreign Policy Research Institute
Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1981
118 pp. $6.95
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Alexander Haig's uncertainty about NATO's aim of increasing defense spending by three percent annually (beyond inflation) may have been influenced by this study, with which he was associated. Well-written despite its committee authorship, it recounts the story of the three-percent goal during 1977-80. The study shows how an imaginative political symbol, which for a time led to real defense increases and alliance cohesion, is now seen as too little, too late by Washington and too generous by Bonn, thereby becoming a divisive issue.