European Military Integration Of The United States

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European Military Integration

For 65 years, Europe has had its military policy tied to that of the United States through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). During much of this period European and U.S. security interests were aligned against a common threat in the USSR. However, the era following the collapse of the Soviet Union has been marked by a European shift away from national sovereignty and towards a more integrated Europe. This can be most notably observed by the adoption of a common currency in the 18 member states of the Eurozone. Interestingly, this level of integration has not been present with regards to the military forces of Europe despite considerable support from several powerful states in the European Union. The formation of a “European Army” would carry a number of advantages and disadvantages for participating states, as well as a number of implementation challenges that make full military integration unlikely in the near future. However, the long-term potential is real and U.S. opposition may be necessary in order to maintain its considerable influence over the continent.

Advantages of Military Integration
Efficiency and Standardization A 2013 report presented by the European Commission observed that more than 75 percent of defense equipment investment by EU members was spent domestically. Additionally, the report pointed out that Europe has 16 types of frigates, as opposed to one type in the case of the United States. The European…
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