All My Friends Know the Free Rider

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Uncategorized
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While 70s band War taught us about the Low Rider, NATO teaches us about the Free Rider. Ok, not completely free, but close.

Especially close to free regarding missile defense where NATO is looking at spending $20 million a year for ten years to be able to link into the U.S. sponsored European missile defense system.

Yes, $20 million is a lot of money until you look at the U.S. investment in missile defense, where the FY11 request for Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis, THAAD, and PAC-3) was $9.9 billion.  Yes, billion, with a “b.”

So let’s do the math.  10 percent of $9.9 billion is $990 million.  One percent of $9.9 billion is $99 million.  $20 million is one-fifth of one percent of $9.9 billion.

While much of the BMD line doesn’t affect NATO, much of it…does.  So I’m thinking a more equitable share-line needs to be pursued.  Either that or I missed the memo which redefined cooperative security to mean the U.S. pays the bill.

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  1. […] European missile defense as an example, Europe will be paying less than one-fifth of one percent of the cost. The U.S. can ill-afford such bargains regardless, but especially if you believe a strong economy is […]

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