The Drivers of European Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare

Project: Research council

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The project `The Drivers of European Strategic Reform in the Face of Economic Crisis and Changing Warfare asks the central question. What are the key determinants of contemporary European security forces?. The context of the research focuses on the particular contemporary position of Europe and its armed forces. While the change in the way that Europeans think about their militaries has been changing since the end of the Cold War, more recent issues have put Europe militaries in crisis. The first and perhaps most significant for everyday lives is the global financial crisis, which has had a large effect on government budgets and in particular defence budgets. At the same time, militaries face developments in strategic doctrine. We see evidence that European militaries are beginning to innovate towards a network centric (or enabled) model by incorporating the US modernisation agenda into their development. On the grander scale, changes in the trans-Atlantic might explain changes in European security forces. Europe and NATO are left in a crisis. Looking at these factors, we compare eight case studies.
Effective start/end date30/09/1331/12/15


  • ESRC

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  • Research Output

    RMA, European militaries and the limits of modernization

    Galbreath, D., 14 Oct 2015, Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: Transformation, Evolution and Lessons Learnt. Collins, J. & Futter, A. (eds.). Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, (Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The Economic Crisis and European Defence Transformation

    Galbreath, D. & Smith, S., 15 Jan 2015, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    The two faces of EU–NATO cooperation: Counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast

    Smith, S. & Gebhard, C., Mar 2015, In : Cooperation and Conflict. 50, 1, p. 107-127

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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