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In my previous post dedicated to the debate at the House of Commons I did not make mention of Dr Fox statement on French nuclear assets. Saying that “We must also remember that France itself co-operates very closely on nuclear issues with the United States. The United States, France and the United Kingdom form the… » read more

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As usual the House of Commons offered on 2nd November a very rich and dense debate on the ins and outs of the treaties signed between France and the United Kingdom at the occasion of the summit. I warmly recommend you to pay a visit to the video of the debate, that you will reach… » read more

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After a post on the point one of Sun Tzu’s quote your can read here below, I will try to analyze the idea of general’s ability. Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of… » read more

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The Spanish digital review Atenea published on 3rd November an article written by Alfredo Crespo Alcázar and titled “La economía: factor determinante en la politica de defensa de David Cameron“. According to this website, Mr Crespo Alcázar’s book “David Cameron: tras la senda de Churchill y Thatcher” should be available from next December on (this… » read more

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Sun Tzu said: Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise: 1. Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law? 2. Which of the two generals has most ability? 3. With whom lie the advantages derived from… » read more

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The common declaration following the UK-France summit of 2nd November would let think that France has become a major partner for the UK. Of course, a strong and long-term partnership should emerge from this agreement signed by the French President and British Prime Minister. However, I would moderate the enthusiasm of some French or European… » read more

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The UK-France summit of 2nd November 2011 has been presented as a major step forward as for bi-lateral cooperation in defence and security issues refers. Indeed, it is, as both countries say in a common declaration, “the UK and France are natural partners in security and defence. As permanent members of the United Nations Security… » read more

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Mrs Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State is said to have “has warned the European members of NATO against making excessive cuts in their defence budgets”, as reported by the European Voice. However I do not know, whether the USA are concerned by the defence cuts and the subsequent reduction of armed forces or if… » read more

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The debate over the consequences of Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review has crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the USA, more precisely, the Lexington Institute, where Mr Daniel Goure has titled a post: “British Defence Cuts May Be a Harbinger of U.S. Military Trends”. Out of his post, I have extracted a paragraph that… » read more

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In the perspective of the development of European Defence (I prefer to precise: in the long term, very long term perspective of…), some comparisons are regularly made on the different conditions or limitations to the use of armed forces on national soil. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/IyYj2QBpj8s” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This is the focal point of a… » read more

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