The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces: From the Rhine to Afghanistan

The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces: From the Rhine to Afghanistan

by Anthony King
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521760941

ISBN-13: 9780521760942

Pub. Date: 01/31/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As a result of new strategic threats, Europe's land forces are currently undergoing a historic transformation which may reflect wider processes of European integration. Europe's mass, mainly conscript armies are being replaced by smaller, more capable, professionalised militaries concentrated into new operational headquarters and rapid reaction brigades, able to

Overview

As a result of new strategic threats, Europe's land forces are currently undergoing a historic transformation which may reflect wider processes of European integration. Europe's mass, mainly conscript armies are being replaced by smaller, more capable, professionalised militaries concentrated into new operational headquarters and rapid reaction brigades, able to plan, command and execute global military interventions. At the same time, these headquarters and brigades are co-operating with each other across national borders at a level which would have been inconceivable in the twentieth century. As a result, a transnational military network is appearing in Europe, the forces in which are converging on common forms of military expertise. This is a groundbreaking study of the military dimensions of European integration, which have been largely ignored until now. It will appeal to scholars across the social sciences interested in the progress of the European project, and the nature of the military today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521760942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface;
Part I. Strategic Context:
1. Towards a sociology of military transformation;
2. Europe's new military;
3. The capacity for autonomous action?;
Part II. Operational Transformation:
4. The operational network;
5. The operational renaissance;
6. Operational art;
Part III. Tactical Transformation:
7. The empowered brigade;
8. Elitism;
9. Cohesion;
10. Co-ordination;
11. The future of Europe's armed forces.

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