Disaster in Den Haag: What Are We Learning from Dutch Defence Cuts?




On 8 April Hans Hillen, Defence Minister of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, presented plans to re-structure the Dutch armed forces so as to "lower costs and increase efficiency". In an almost comically candid choice of title, the Government paper; ‘A Smaller Military in a Troubled World’, drastically lowers both the size and ambition of the Dutch armed forces. [eventpdf] The result? Cuts that will include 12,000 personnel (from a total of 61,000), 60 Leopard MBT’s (the...
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