Russia and the Defence Efforts of the Netherlands

The state of the Dutch armed forces is a cause for concern. In recent years the security situation has deteriorated as a result of threats emanating from Russia, the Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, the deployability of the armed forces has been further reduced. In the AIV’s view, over the next four years the defence budget should rise to meet the European NATO average. During the subsequent four years, it should reach the 2%-of-GDP target.