COMMENT: Boosting Defense Spending Now Won’t Fix Decades of NATO Underinvestment

The most talked about weapons, the next-generation light anti-tank weapons (NLAWs), were developed by the Swedish company Saab in a joint venture between the Swedish and British defense ministries. Although general production figures are not public, the initial NLAW project in the British Army was for the acquisition of 14,002 units.

The United States has sent 7,000 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to Ukraine. This is a third of the US stockpile of the missile.

While the use of legacy missile stocks allows NATO members to renew their stocks with the latest versions, usage is outpacing production. The lack of investment and the false logic of preparing for a “come as you are” war have come home to rest.

Concluding her speech, Truss said: “We thought we had learned the lessons of history and that the march of progress would continue unchallenged. We were wrong.”

How much will the West learn from the invasion of Ukraine? and, more importantly, will the lessons of history hold this time? There is no evidence to suggest that they will.

Kenton White is Professor of Strategic Studies and International Relations at the University of Reading. This comment first appeared on The Conversation.

Leave a Comment