Posted by Dave on

The EU and defence policy

The EU and defence policy

I have a couple of notes on defence policy on this wiki. All recent white papers have emphasised that the defence capability we build is onky capable of success if working with allies. The primary military alliance is of course NATO, which has over the last 30 years concerned itself with “out of theatre” operations. It has also been challenged by speeches of the pervious President, Trump and the actions of President Biden in the evacuation from Afghanistan. The USA may no longer be a reliable ally for European defence.

After 75 years can Europe defend itself? The answer is probably but a number of things would need to happen.

The EU has a mutual defence clause. It has a a policy document called the Strategic Compass and which us designed to give the European Union an ambitious plan of action for strengthening the EU’s security and defence policy by 2030. Both NATO and the EU have been developing common supply chains; it’s a really good idea if guns use the same ammunition.

I should put my COFOE notes on  the EU in the World chapter up here too.

See also UK Defence Review 2020 and Defending the UK both on this wiki.


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