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Decision Points: Rationalising the Armed Forces of European Medium Powers

Edited by Jack Watling
Whitehall Papers, 30 September 2020
Aerospace, Military Sciences, Defence Management, Defence Policy, Land Forces, Maritime Forces, Military Personnel, Europe
Europe's medium powers face unavoidable tradeoffs when determining the future shape of their militaries.

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The return of great power competition makes hard power critical to ensuring national security. Technological advances and economic constraints, however, are making it more expensive and complex to field credible military formations. European medium powers are today faced with tough choices as to the capabilities they pursue, and how they structure their armed forces. Decision Points: Rationalising the Armed Forces of European Medium Powers examines these trade-offs and calls for policymakers to approach each key decision on the future of their country’s military with a clearer sense of the consequences for their state’s foreign policy.   

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Dr Jack Watling
Research Fellow, Land Warfare

Dr Jack Watling is Research Fellow for Land Warfare. Jack has recently conducted studies of deterrence against Russia, force... read more

Professor Peter Roberts
Director Military Sciences, RUSI

Peter is Director of Military Sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, having been the Senior Research Fellow for Sea Power and... read more

Dr Sidharth Kaushal
Research Fellow, Sea Power

Sidharth Kaushal's research at RUSI covers the impact of technology on maritime doctrine in the 21st century and the role of sea... read more

Justin Bronk
Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology

Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow specialising in combat airpower and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI. He is also... read more

Paul O’Neill
Senior Research Fellow

Paul O’Neill is a Senior Research Fellow in Military Sciences at the Royal United Services Institute. His research interests... read more

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