Skip to main content

Cookies and Privacy

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. To find out more, read our updated Cookie policy, Privacy policy and Terms & Conditions

Closing Europe’s Defense Deficit

The gap between Europe’s security needs and its military capacities is widening, and most European leaders lack the will to do what is necessary to close it. Forces built to defend the European heartland from a Soviet attack are unsuitable for the kinds of operations that define today’s post-Cold War environment.

Today, Europe needs improved capacity to combat terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, deal with failed or failing states, contend with regional conflicts, and respond to humanitarian crises. Yet defense spending across Europe remains flat or in decline.

The problem is more than budgetary. The fragmented nature of European defense procurement, the Byzantine rules of the European defense trade, and industrial capabilities shaped by the Cold War legacy all sap Europe’s ability to meet its military needs.

We hope you're enjoying Project Syndicate.

To continue reading, subscribe now.

Subscribe

Get unlimited access to PS premium content, including in-depth commentaries, book reviews, exclusive interviews, On Point, the Big Picture, the PS Archive, and our annual year-ahead magazine.

https://prosyn.org/50qTi6b;
  1. slaughter74_Feodora ChioseaGetty Images_genderinequalitybusinessscale Feodora Chiosea/Getty Images

    The War on Talent

    Anne-Marie Slaughter & Monica Chellam

    A growing body of research suggests that CEOs share more relevant traits with Chief Human Resources Officers than with those of any other C-Suite position. But while CHROs may have a seat at the table, that seat’s occupant – more often than not a woman – is still least likely to become CEO.

    0