The previous post looked at overseas basing costs and concluded that there were no real savings from shutting them down unless the United States also cut the military budget. Which, of course, we could do without ending our defense obligations.
The post did not account for the fact that NATO has a common budget, funded in part by the United States. That common budget comes to ... €2.1 billion, or $2.4 billion. The U.S. pays 22% of the common budget, or $523 million per year.
There are also individual NATO trust funds established for particular projects. They come to a grand total of €69 million, or $78 million. The U.S. share can vary, but assuming it’s around 22%, then you get a total U.S. contribution of $17 million. (The trust fund projects aren’t annual, but let’s run with that.)
So destroying the entire postwar Atlantic alliance system would save us $540 million per year. Call it a buck-seventy for every man, woman and child in the United States.
That is not a lot of money. But hey, it is something. Make the Euros cough that up! Yeah! U-S-A! Winning!