Overview Annex: Responsibility Sharing Factors and Analysis
    integral component of responsibility sharing. Conventional force contributions are measured according to each nation's inventory of major weapons systems as a share of the aggregate for all nations assessed. Relative performance is evaluated by comparing these contributions with each nation's ability to contribute (its share of aggregate GDP).

  • Crisis Management and Peace Operations: Post-Cold War security risks and challenges cover a wide range of political, economic, and ethnic instabilities that may affect areas of strategic interest--the prevention and management of which is increasingly important to protecting fundamental Western values and enhancing our security. Efforts in this area are measured by countries' financial and personnel contributions to UN peace operations worldwide.

  • Economic and Financial Assistance: Each of the NATO and East Asia-Pacific nations addressed in this Report provides economic assistance to developing countries, or has pledged aid to Central European nations and the NIS. These contributions and pledges are an important boost to post-Cold War stability, and represent notable economic commitments by donor nations.

  • Host Nation Support: Our European and Pacific allies provide a broad range of host nation support to U.S. forces, including direct cost sharing, land for U.S. bases and/or material storage facilities, logistics support such as ammunition storage and equipment maintenance, and pledges of wartime host nation support (WHNS).

The following chart summarizes our assessment of nations' efforts in these areas, drawing heavily on the foregoing measures, combined with each country's relative standing
in economic development and standard of living. Among all of these factors, the most important is the ratio of defense spending share to GDP share.

Aggregate Resources for Defense

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The remaining tables presented in this Annex provide a brief portrayal of selected responsibility sharing indicators on a country-by-country basis. In addition to presenting a nation's performance in each indicator, the portrayals show relative standings of the 17 nations assessed (i.e., the 15 NATO nations, Japan, and the Republic of Korea). Information in the portrayals includes:

  • GDP and Defense Spending data are depicted for 1995, using 1995 exchange rates. Defense spending figures for the NATO nations (including the United States) reflect an agreed definition of total defense spending adopted by NATO.

  • Active Duty Military and Civilian Defense Personnel data are shown for 1995. Labor force numbers used to compute personnel as a percentage of labor force are mid-1995 totals.

  • Defense Capability Measures are ratios based on 1995 force levels and GDPs. A ratio of around 1.0 in a given category indicates that a nation's contribution and its ability to contribute are roughly in balance--that is, its contribution to the aggregate capability of all 17 nations is in line with its share of the aggregate wealth (GDP). A ratio above 1.0 suggests that a

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