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Report: EU Leaders to Set New Defence Agenda | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 11.12.2008

The leaders, in draft conclusions drawn up to be published Friday at the end of their two-day summit in Brussels, will express their willingness to give "new impetus to European security and defence policy."

The EU, they say, should be capable of deploying a total of 60,000 troops in 60 days for a major operation, while "simultaneously planning and conducting" 19 other missions, ranging from maritime surveillance to police training.

The text sets no target date, saying only that this should happen "in the years to come."

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:21:43 PM EST
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good grief, what is it with these frustrated militarists ? didn't they get enough fun recreatng toy soldeir battles in their playpen ?

the european economies are falling through the floor, unemployment is rocketing, the climate is on the verge of collapse whilst we face critical resource shortages and all these fools can think about is who to invade.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 05:04:42 PM EST
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Do you think that the folks who want to do the invading are the same people who are out of jobs, living on the streets, etc?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 06:38:06 PM EST
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Follow the money. "Defence and security" also means major infrastructure spending on new, hypersecure digital communications systems, civil defence and so on.

Plus, a 60k force requires not only weapons (or "weapon systems" as the kids say) but also transport capacity. And in the final analysis that means big orders for the Airbus A400M currently under development.

And if that's not enough, something that went across my desk this week indicated that in a few years, the only person wearing more electronic bling than your average 20-something will be your average 20-something infantryman.

These are $erious People doing $erious Business.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 06:10:10 AM EST
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Yes, of course.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 10:29:22 AM EST
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Advertisement: Why pay retail?  | Bloomberg | 11 Dec 2008

Boeing Co., the second-biggest U.S. defense contractor, plans to offer cheaper weapons systems based on existing technology to counter potential Pentagon budget constraints under the Obama administration. ...

After rising more than 70 percent in the last eight years, U.S. defense outlays may slow because of spending on government stimulus programs and troop cutbacks in Iraq. President-elect Barack Obama wants to revive the economy with what may be the biggest public-works investment since the Interstate Highway System under President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s. ...

Congress would be "willing to look at" low-cost alternatives "if it makes sense," Representative John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who heads the House Appropriations Committee panel on defense, told reporters in Washington yesterday. ...

U.S. weapons exports, an area of growth for Boeing, rose about 45 percent to $33.7 billion in the fiscal year ended in September, the highest total since 1993, as the Defense Department increased sales in the Middle East to improve security in the region.

Future weapons sales to U.S. allies may be tempered because "a lot of these countries have their economic boom driven by globalization, and they have seen some of that unwind," Albaugh said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 08:38:20 PM EST
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