Despite the costly maintenance of the US Military, which spends half of the world's military expenditure, and the financial crisis, President Obama has shown no desire to limit his military spending. "In reality there is little sign of CHANGE. You may have noticed that despite the financial crisis there is no serious attempt to limit US military spending since Obama became president. They may cancel some expensive high tech projects, because you don't need those sort of planes for the sort of wars we have now. The United States wants to recruit Eastern European nations to join NATO because they think they will be prepared to send soldiers to fight those sort of wars."