A Sight on European Defence

Archives for European Defence

Currently, every night I read some lines of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. There are some points worth being linked with European Defence. Therefore, in the next months, at least one post will be dedicated, every week, to Sun Tzu and the relations towards European Defence.

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Surf on the Web is really pleasant, mainly when you can grab out of some particularly serious and renowned website a thorough study on the EU battle groups. Then you start reading it, in order to get a better view of this concept sometimes presented as a showcase of European Defence, and may be of… » read more

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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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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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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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I have just finished reading a long article expressing a harsh criticism of European construction. My overall impression is that I hope the author, Mr Robert Crowcroft is wrong, but his arguments mostly hit the bull’s eye. I really encourage you to read this post at the following address: http://www.defenceviewpoints.co.uk/articles-analysis/fear-honour-and-interest-the-fragility-of-european-stability-part-1 and then, for the part… » read more

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The German Institute for International and Security affairs has recently issued a very interesting study on piracy and maritime security. I hope you speak German as this document is available only in this language; if so, I strongly recommend you to read it. After having read it thoroughly, I went to the website of the… » read more

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This is the follow up of a previous post, published some days ago. Number one is to be found here: http://europeandefence.blogactiv.eu/2010/08/23/blog-%E2%80%98kings-of-war%E2%80%99-comments-on-%E2%80%98the-silent-death-of-european-defence-the-quiet-awakening-of-european-security-1/ Looking more precisely at the current UK coalition, I was really sceptic in the past. I even wrote a rather pessimistic post on this issue. The latest developments of the budgetary crisis have convinced… » read more

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On 8th June, Mr Rob Dover published on ‘Kings of War’ a post dedicated to European Defence. At that time, he had proposed the visitors to feel free to challenge and correct him. For sure my answer comes a little bit late. But it’s OK, at least in my opinion: I will never comment immediately… » read more

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