WHAT IMPACT HAVE EU DEFENCE TOOLS ON MEMBER STATES’ NATIONAL DEFENCE PLANNING

The launch of EU tools for enhanced defence cooperation was a first indispensable step towards a more integrated, coherent and efficient defence landscape in Europe. The required next step, equally important, would be that decision-makers and defence planners in the Member States embed and make use of them in national planning processes. What is needed is nothing less than a change of mindset, a culture change. We sat down with representatives from three European Defence Agency (EDA) Member States – Austria’s Defence Policy Director Major General Johann Frank, Greece’s National Armament Director Vice Admiral Kyriakos Kyriakidis and France’s National Capability Director Major General Eric Charpentier – to hear what impact the EU defence initiatives have already had on their national defence planning.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

“STRATEGIC AUTONOMY CALLS FOR MORE COOPERATION, LESS RHETORIC”

The goal of strategic autonomy in defence, put forward in the EU’s 2016 Global Strategy, has sparked a somewhat abstract debate, often fuelled by doubts and fears, on what it means in practice and how it would impact NATO and the transatlantic relationship. In the following article, the European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive Jorge Domecq argues that strategic autonomy is too important an ambition to be flogged to death in endless theoretical talk on its end-goal. What counts, he says, are practical steps allowing the EU to move closer towards this goal.

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FOCUS

FUELING JOINT CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT: EDA’S COOPERATIVE FINANCIAL MECHANISM (CFM)

One of the historical barriers – and there are still too many – to collaborative multination defence programmes in Europe has been the lack of budgetary synchronicity between the EU’s Member States. The Cooperative Financial Mechanism (CFM) stands now ready to mitigate this problem.

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EDA’S GROWING ROLE IN CYBERSECURITY

The following article looks into the wide range of activities, projects and programmes EDA is running in the growing domain of cyberdefence.

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IN THE FIELD

TOWARDS EUROPEAN MILITARY DIVING TRAINING STANDARDS

Naval forces throughout Europe struggle to maintain a sufficient number of specialised diving teams able and ready to intervene 24/7 in the event of maritime accidents or military crises, let alone deploy them to international operations for longer periods of time. European cooperation, i.e. military diving squads from different EU countries helping out one another or teaming up for common operations, could alleviate the problem. However, this option fails because of a lack of harmonisation in training and equipment standards. EDA is working towards filling this gap.

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