European Defense Planning and the Ukraine Crisis: Two Contrasting Views

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Series Details Number 58
Publication Date June 2015
ISBN 978-2-36567-394-5
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As the Ukrainian crisis continues, it is now clear that Europe is facing a new strategic environment and needs to adapt.

These developments challenge the expeditionary posture adopted by NATO over the last twenty years, and imply a need to rethink the demand for strengthening collective defense and reassurance capabilities. The two papers presented in this issue approach this question from different angles. On the one hand, an outlook based on the Estonian experience as a frontline state, supports the idea to reinvest in heavy conventional capabilities. On the other hand, a more organizational approach, embodied by the concept of “joint force generation,” which proposes keeping the same force structure while binding European militaries together with common support platforms.

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