Redesigning of European Armed Forces (2001-2012)
Venus in Arms is in Toronto this week at the ISA Annual Conference. Besides watching basketball games and chatting with old friends and colleagues, there will be a couple of paper presentation.
One is “The Redesigning of European Armed Forces (2001-2012)” (LINK al PAPER), which will be discussed here:
A Changing Armed Forces?
WC55: Wednesday 1:45 PM – 3
The paper deals with transformations occurred (and still occurring) in Force structure of major European countries, namely Italy, France and the UK. As the debate on defense expenditures flares up in Italy, the paper provides information and first-cut interpretations of change in doctrine and budget in these 3 countries.
Specifically, we wonder how doctrine has changed and if budget coherently followed the new directions in terms of aims and objectives in military action. Findings are preliminary, but they point at the difficulties in sustaining current levels of deployment and deployability and problems in consistency between choices/investments made in the past decades and realities of the strategic environment and operations of recent years. There are differences too: Italy is still lagging behind not just in budget expenditures, but also in devising a coherent national policy, with a no new national document (such as White Paper or National Security Strategy) produced in more than 10 years.