In the film Rocky, the Philly pugilist talks about what attracted him to Adrian. “She’s got gaps, I got gaps,” he says. They’re not the only ones. The US, Europe, and NATO also have gaps – supply chain gaps, air-and-missile-defense gaps, interoperability gaps, and munitions gaps, to name a few.
Due to the conflict in Ukraine, these gaps have become all too evident. Filling them with capability, however, is now top of mind for the alliance. While only seven of NATO’s 30 member states met their 2 percent GDP defense spending target in 2022, with two other countries close behind, defense spending across NATO increased by 2.2 percent in real terms from 2021 to 2022.
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