This Annex is organized into five sections, described below.

A. Data Notes. This section presents sources and notes pertaining to the data used in the Report and summarized in this Annex.

B. Country Summaries. This section provides summary information for responsibility sharing contributions on a country-by-country basis.

Defense capability measures shown in these tables reflect a countryís share of total contributions relative to its share of ability to contribute. Thus, a ratio around 1 indicates that a countryís contribution is in balance with its ability to contribute. A ratio above 1 suggests that a country is contributing beyond its "fair share," while a ratio below 1 means contributions are not commensurate with ability to contribute.

Note: With the exception of cost sharing estimates, all dollar figures shown in the country summary charts are in 1999 dollars, using 1999 exchange rates. Cost sharing figures reflect 1998 contributions, and are calculated using 1998 dollars and exchange rates.

C. Selected Indicators. Data upon which many of the Reportís assessments are based involve a comparison of a countryís contributions relative to its ability to contribute. This section provides the data upon which this analysis is based. The analysis is conducted in three stages:

When this analysis results in a ratio of around 1.0, a countryís contribution is judged to be in balance with its ability to contribute. Generally speaking, the Department gives a nation credit for "substantial contributions" relative to its ability to contribute when it achieves a ratio of 1.2 or greater. Ratios of 0.8 or less indicate very low effort relative to ability to contribute.

D. Bilateral Cost Sharing. This section presents detailed estimates of nationsí bilateral cost sharing support for the United States during 1998, the most recent year for which complete data are available.

E. Additional Statistics. This section provides data values upon which many of the Selected Indicators are based. Most of the tables in this section also provide information such as subtotals, shares, and ranks. The subtotals and grand total in Tables E-2, E-5, and E-7 are actually weighted averages. For example, the raw data for defense spending is summed for each group of nations and then divided by the sum of GDP for the same group of nations. This provides a more accurate figure than calculating an average based on the percentages portrayed. Note: In Tables E-8 through E-10, only shares and ranks can be presented since actual data values are classified.

A. Data Notes

The assessments presented in this Report are only as good as the data upon which they are based. The Department has every confidence that the data used for the assessments in this Report are as complete, current, and comprehensive as they can be, given the deadlines established in the legislation.

The FY 1999 Defense Authorization Act requires the Department to measure the year-to-year change in nationsí responsibility sharing performance. The Department has compiled relevant comparisons for the two most recent years for which complete and reliable data are available.

Data Sources

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