Alliance Ground Surveillance and the future of NATO's smart defense
Nelson, Jack A.
Yost, David S.
MetadataShow full item record
Twenty-three years after its inception in 1991, NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) program is nearly an operational reality. Though AGS is a significant accomplishment, the political, economic, and strategic concerns of individual Allies have tempered the pursuit of a more robust acquisition. AGS will provide an important capability advance for the Alliance, but it obviously cannot overcome all the systemic capability shortcomings that the Alliance's Smart Defense (SD) initiative hopes to address. Given NATO's struggles with AGS, its label as a flagship SD program may be undeserved'or illustrative of the challenges facing SD. While AGS appears to mirror the NATO AWACS acquisition, neither provides an ideal template for further SD programs. Instead, the successes and failures of AGS suggest an evolution in joint Alliance procurements. While focusing on efficiencies'a traditional SD ideal that is insufficient in isolation'AGS reinforces a more important principle in the Alliance: sustaining NATO's political cohesion.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Theodorelos, Susan Lynn (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 1990-12);NATO has a legitimate right to project force beyond the geographical boundaries of the NATO alliance. That NATO has been unwilling or unable to do so since 1949 results from a combination of factors relating to disagreements ...
Kim, Dongwoo (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-12);The ROK-U.S. alliance is facing a new security circumstance due to the rise of China and the deepening nuclear ambition of the DPRK, along with U.S. military spending reduction by the sequestration. The research question ...
Pascua, Randy M. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014-12);Threat serves as an impetus in the foundation, development, revitalization, and waning of the contemporary Philippine-United States alliance. Using Stephen Walt’s balance of threat theory as the analytical framework, this ...