Hi What i'd like to hear from members here, is what do they think about the low percentage of GDP European countries (paricularly UK, France and Germany) allocate to their defence budgets, i think in general it is somewhere around the 2% region. I read today in a Warship magazine, how the Americans are becomming more frustrated with its European partners in regards to their dwindling defence budgets and how America now contributes to 75% of NATO. Being a UK citizen, i find it very sad how we have run down our forces in the last couple of decades in particular. Money is obviously one issue, but even during the boom years of a decade ago the defence budget remained stagnant, while other depts received huge percentage increases in their budgets. Really the problem is the political will, and this applies to other European nations as well. Does America think that Europe is letting the Amercan public pay for its peace?