German Defense Spending Grapples Maintenance And Readiness Costs

Credit: Airbus

The German government’s defense budget for 2015 is nearly €32.3 billion ($39.6 billion), a €500 million decrease compared with 2014. Bundeswehr personnel levels have been cut to 6,000 below the planned maximum strength of 185,000. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told the Bundestag (German...

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