The Real Reasons Behind Europe's Diminishing Force Numbers
When analysts speak about force modernisation, the focus inevitably turns to new capabilities, aircraft projects and next generation armour. By monitoring the replacement of out-dated equipment with the new, these "like-for-like" replacement figures provide a deceptively simple benchmark for force modernisation’s progress. After all, a military either procures the gear, or it does not.
Against this backdrop, manpower figures themselves can often get sidestepped, as if counting the...
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