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The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces


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Preface; Part I. Strategic Context: 1. Towards a sociology of military transformation; 2. Europe's new military; 3. The capacity for autonomous action?; Part II. Operational Transformation: 4. The operational network; 5. The operational renaissance; 6. Operational art; Part III. Tactical Transformation: 7. The empowered brigade; 8. Elitism; 9. Cohesion; 10. Co-ordination; 11. The future of Europe's armed forces.

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This book explores the transformation of Europe's military forces as they prepare for global intervention missions.

About the Author

Anthony King is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter. Since 2003 he has been conducting intensive research on the armed forces, observing military training, exercises and operations and has developed close relations with the armed forces at the highest levels. He has co-written parts of Britain's new counter-insurgency doctrine and is working for NATO's Regional Command South Headquarters in Kandahar. On the basis of this work, he has contributed to public debates about security and defence policy, appearing on the BBC and in the Guardian, Prospect and RUSI.


'At a time when European armed forces are fighting a war in Afghanistan, this is a timely study of their post Cold War transformation. Stimulating without being critically contentious and systematic without being dull - clarity of argument gives the book its definitive scope.' Christopher Coker, London School of Economics and Political Science
'Broad in scope and meticulous in its scholarship, this important study offers an expert and incisive analysis of military thought and practice in twenty first century Europe. The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces should be read by all those with an interest in British and European defence policy and in the evolving relationship between armed forces and liberal democratic society.' Paul Cornish, Chatham House
'Anthony King has blended sociological, strategic and military perspectives to produce a timely and illuminating analysis of the transformation of Europe's armed forces. Military 'transnationalisation' is discussed against the background of the different strategic positions of leading European military powers; the potential outcomes of the war in Afghanistan are used to assess whether transnationalisation will occur in a re-invigorated or weaker NATO. This innovative book will appeal to a wide audience and to anyone interested in the future of European military institutions.' Christopher Dandeker, King's College London
'This is a typically Anthony King book: beautifully written, researched in depth and built on an irrefutable timeline worthy of the best historians. And yet, Professor King is not an historian; he is a sociologist. It is this fresh perspective which gives the book vigour ... Each chapter is minutely researched and offers a balanced perspective at three levels of analysis - the grand strategic, the operational and the tactical.' RUSI Journal
'... a well crafted and detailed empirical examination of the transformation of military forces in modern Europe ... [King] has mastered the literature, spent a great deal of time with the military, interviewed senior officers, and produced a work that is a model of empirical rigor.' Contemporary Sociology
'... this is an excellent book and a valuable contribution to the literature on the post-Cold War adaptation of European armed forces. It should be read by practitioners and higher-level students of strategic studies.' International Affairs

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