Rapid Fire Nov. 26, 2012: German 2013 Budget | 1st FREMM
- Germany’s Bundestag approved the country’s federal budget for 2013 for a total of 302 billion euros, with around 33.3 billion euros for defense (~$43B), a slight increase above 2012. The country will spend as much next year servicing its sovereign debt as the defense ministry will receive. France is already there. Deutsche Welle | Das Parlament [in German].
- Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan in response to Russia objecting to the possible deployment of Patriot missile defense – within NATO’s framework – on Turkey’s border with Syria: mind your own business.
- Kimberly Kagan from the Institute for the Study of War and her husband Frederick Kagan from the American Enterprise Institute: why U.S. troops must stay in Afghanistan.
“In my opinion aircraft carriers will stay under sovereign control in any case – I don’t see how the use of such sensitive equipment could happen outside of national political control.”