Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and by AdAms & Ben-Ari

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By AdAms & Ben-Ari

A unique examine ecu community Enabled features (NEC) and their implications for transatlantic co-operation in destiny operations. Gordon Adams and man Ben-Ari establish the major requisites for development of Europe’s talents as a world actor. They specialise in nationwide and collaborative, in addition to present and deliberate, networks. They in actual fact express the reader how, with the elimination of the hazards of Soviet invasion, ecu defence planners needs to now regulate their techniques and services to handle new threats, either at domestic and out of the country. additionally they express why destiny operations inside foreign coalitions would require network-based functions which could interoperate. Europe possesses a technological and commercial base sufficient to provide such services, and its defence ideas are progressively being transformed to stress expeditionary forces operations inside of coalition settings. despite the fact that, a lot is still performed. This quantity tackles the major demanding situations dealing with ecu international locations who have to function along one another and with their North American allies extra successfully and successfully. This ebook can be of significant curiosity to all scholars of eu affairs and politics, diplomacy and armed forces and strategic experiences.

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Several of these systems are currently being tested, with air vehicles carrying synthetic aperture radar, moving target indicator radar, TV cameras, Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR), and a satellite data link. 31 E UROP E AN NAT I ONAL C APA B I L I T I E S The French air force has also begun work on the next generation of MALE UAVs under project EuroMALE, planned for deployment between 2008 and 2010. In May 2002, the Netherlands air force announced that it would collaborate on EuroMALE and by 2004 Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Spain had also expressed their interest in joining.

Helios 2A, the first in the next generation of French earth observation satellites, was launched in December 2004 and began operating in April 2005. The second satellite will probably be launched in late 2008. Helios 2A carries two sensors operating in the visible and infrared spectrums. One is a medium-resolution sensor with a wide field of view, and is capable of producing images with a resolution of approximately 1 meter; the other has a narrower field of view but is capable of producing images with a 50 cm resolution.

In Afghanistan, for example, French E-2C aircraft from the Charles de Gaulle guided American fighters toward their targets when US E-2C aircraft were overtaxed or unavailable. French Special Operations Forces also have good interoperability with their US counterparts. At the European level, French naval and air forces are fairly interoperable with most European forces, but French 25 E UROP E AN NAT I ONAL C APA B I L I T I E S ground forces are not. The French Army still fields communications systems, for example, that are not fully interoperable with its allies.

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