This Report presents the Department of Defenseís annual assessment of the relative contributions toward the common defense and mutual security made by our NATO allies, our Pacific allies (Japan and the Republic of Korea), and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Under legislative provisions dating back to the Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (Public Law 96-342, Section 1006), the Secretary of Defense has provided an annual report to Congress comparing the defense burdens borne by our allies, explaining disparities, and describing efforts to eliminate such disparities. This yearís Report also covers responsibility sharing requirements in the FY 2001 Department of Defense Military Construction Appropriations Act (Public Law 106-246, Section 119).





This Report is organized into three chapters and a comprehensive data annex. The first chapter presents an Executive Summary describing the goals of U.S. responsibility sharing policy and providing a brief assessment of country contributions. Chapter II provides a regional perspective of U.S. security interests and highlights the contributions of the United States and key allies. Chapter III follows with detailed assessments of country efforts and selected indicators.

Additional information is provided in the Annex, which contains sources and notes, summarizes responsibility sharing contributions on a country-by-country basis, and provides an array of supporting statistics.

This Report will also be available on the Departmentís web site, DefenseLINK, at


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