Danger tying defence spending to GDP

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By Marcus Hellyer*

It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. This is particularly the case with the trajectory of GDP growth.

That’s one of the problems with tying defence funding to a specific percentage of GDP, whether it’s 2% or some other number. As official predictions for GDP growth change, the Defence Department’s future funding changes. This means that the future force structure is constantly changing as defence planners try to match capability with changing dollars.

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