A Sight on European Defence

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After a first post describing what EATC would look like at the end of its development, I would like to analyse with some more accuracy the consequences and meaning of this new Headquarters. Firstly the EATC does not mean that European air forces have merged in one single force. Every participating country remains the owner… » read more

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In the former times I had heard about the European Air Transport Command (EATC), supposed to put under one single operational authority the military transport fleets of Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Then nothing happened. But, some days ago, going through the blogs I usually visit, a post, showing an Airbus A400-M flying over… » read more

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In the 90’s, along with German reunification and the upheaval of Eastern Europe map, France, Germany and Poland set up an informal forum, named the Triangle of Weimar. This forum stills exists, even if more or less on decline, and covers many fields of tri-lateral cooperation, including defence. Initially, this cooperation could have become to… » read more

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This morning on the radio I could hear the reporter telling us about 9.11. I perfectly remember those days, some 9 years ago. In the following days and weeks, all of us wanted to express solidarity, compassion, empathy with the American people. Europe’s public opinion was supporting the US operation against the Taliban regime and… » read more

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The comprehensive approach, aiming at coordinating all the actors, civil and military, on a theatre of operations is an extraordinary complex issue. Have it become a reality and have the humanitarian aid, the international organizations, the EU, the various contingents and so on and so forth working even not together, but at least coordinated seems… » read more

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For a while, expeditionary warfare has been a taboo in Bundeswehr. The setting up of Bundeswehr, some 55 years ago, strictly controlled by the Western allies, was intended to beef up the Atlantic Alliance forces against the gigantic Red Army. Bundeswehr, which founding fathers were designated among the former Wehrmacht generals, abandoned the souvenir of… » read more

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Next to come

As I have some posts stored in my computer, I can already unveil those next to come: – German armed forces reform and the idea of expeditionary warfare. -To continue with comprehensive approach, a more generic post on the issue. -Iran, the most compliant adversary when speaking about missile defence. Enjoy your weekend.

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The EU operations in Somalia reveal a complex landscape, as involved in Somalia are two military operations with different commanders, both referring, I suppose, to the EU military staff, a multitude of programs, NGOs, organizations in charge of the civilian side and getting money from the EU. By the way and because of the ongoing… » read more

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