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A unique examine eu community Enabled services (NEC) and their implications for transatlantic co-operation in destiny operations. Gordon Adams and man Ben-Ari establish the most important specifications for development of Europe’s skills as a world actor. They concentrate on nationwide and collaborative, in addition to present and deliberate, networks. They truly express the reader how, with the elimination of the dangers of Soviet invasion, ecu defence planners needs to now alter their thoughts and functions to handle new threats, either at domestic and in another country. in addition they convey why destiny operations inside of overseas coalitions would require network-based services which may interoperate. Europe possesses a technological and business base enough to provide such features, and its defence concepts are steadily being changed to stress expeditionary forces operations inside coalition settings. even though, a lot is still performed. This quantity tackles the foremost demanding situations dealing with eu countries who have to function along one another and with their North American allies extra successfully and successfully. This e-book can be of significant curiosity to all scholars of ecu affairs and politics, diplomacy and armed forces and strategic reviews.

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None are seeking to create a full, single infrastructure fusing all existing and future assets. Most have opted, at least, for some integration and upgrading of existing capabilities toward greater networking. Major procurement programs focus particular attention on cross-service C2 systems, digital communications, and ISR platforms (tactical, operational, and strategic). In all of these countries, rapid advances in commercial communication and information technology have created a wealth of products applicable to military C4ISR at a relatively low unit cost.

Both plans are updated periodically to guide R&T investments and procurement plans, in collaboration with the European Defense Agency, other allies – most notably the UK – and with industry. Working closely with the Joint Planning Staff (EMIA) and with DGA on network-based capabilities is the French space agency, known as the Center for 24 E UROP E AN NAT I ONAL C APAB I L I T I E S National Space Studies (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) or CNES. This collaboration reflects the French government’s recognition that space has major strategic, operational and tactical advantages for networking and intelligence collection purposes.

More recently, French strategy and doctrine have begun to emphasize military cooperation in the European context, recognizing that total autonomy is militarily and financially unachievable. Recent military planning in Germany suggests a growing focus on achieving expeditionary and network-centric capabilities. Germany is one of the few European countries to have adopted the concept of transformation in the broadest US sense, defining it as “the forming of an ongoing, forward-looking process of adaptation to a changing security environment in order to improve the Bundeswehr’s ability to operate” (Thiele 2005: 7).

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