The NATO capabilities gap and the European Union
Yost, David S.
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The defence-capabilities gap that divides the Uniter States from its European allies is real, and it matters. The gap can most usefully be viewed as the aggregate of multiple gaps relating to the organisation and conduct of large-scale expeditionary operations. Large transatlantic disparities in the ability to mount such operations became painfully obvious during NATO's Kosovo intervention in March-June 1999 and spurred commitments on both sides of the Atlantic to narrow the gap. However, a close examination of the European Union's post-Kosovo efforts to develop an autonomous military capability reveals the serious obstacles to improving European forces.
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