Heidi Tworek in War on the Rocks

Heidi Tworek in War on the Rocks

On May 2, 2017, War on the Rocks published a commentary by Transatlantic Academy Fellow Heidi Tworek, entitled "How to Spend It: Three Simple Suggestions to Increase German Military Spending."

"In Brussels on February 15, Defense Secretary James Mattis asked for a plan with fixed dates for NATO countries to reach the 2 percent goal," Tworek writes. "German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen reiterated Germany’s commitment to increase military spending at the Munich Security Conference. But there is no indication that this will be sufficient for Washington. The White House would like to see a clear reaction based on a budgetary target that is easily represented in a bullet point or a graph."

Tworek goes into detail on "three productive ways that Germans might advance rapidly to doing more on defense and satisfying critics in Washington." Firstly, "invest in higher education laboratories engaged in defense research." Second, "increase cybersecurity personnel swiftly." And third, "increase spending on health," which has "always been a military as well as a civilian issue," something "particularly true with the millions of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who are suffering appalling physical and mental health problems."

The full piece can be read here.