Overview Annex: Responsibility Sharing Factors and Analysis
Following a brief description of responsibility sharing factors used in our
assessment and relevant data notes, this Annex provides country summary
tables--i.e., statistical sketches portraying contributions and rankings of
NATO nations, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.
NOTE: Due to noncomparable and incomplete data for the GCC countries, and in
keeping with previous Reports, this Annex provides only limited quantitative
detail regarding responsibility sharing efforts of our Gulf partners.
RESPONSIBILITY SHARING FACTORS
The broad array of countries' responsibility sharing efforts and contributions
addressed in this Overview are subdivided into five major categories. These
are: (1) aggregate resources for defense; (2) military forces for defense; (3)
crisis management and peace operations; (4) economic and financial assistance;
and (5) host nation support.
- Aggregate Resources for Defense: The financial and
personnel resources nations commit to defense remain their most important
contributions to collective security. Financial contributions are measured by
comparing the most comprehensive indicator of defense effort (defense spending)
against the most comprehensive indicator of ability to contribute (GDP), and
receive the greatest weight in country assessments. Personnel contributions
are measured by comparing active duty and civilian defense personnel against
the total labor force.
- Military Forces for Defense: The standing military forces
that nations raise and maintain represent their most basic defense
capabilities, and thus comprise an