Military Capabilities

European strategic autonomy would result in duplication with NATO

13 March 2019

EU member states have no choice but to develop a certain array of military assets and capabilities that duplicate those of NATO and its largest ally, the United States, if Europe wants the strategic autonomy to deal with crises in its neighbourhood, avow European officials and policy analysts.

Any pretence within NATO and other policy circles that those two factors – strategic autonomy and duplication of assets – are mutually exclusive should be dropped, they said.

“Let’s not play rhetorical games here. What has NATO’s DPP [defence planning process] done after 60 years of effort to avoid military duplication in Europe?

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