Jonathan Dowdall - Lead Columnist
Jonathan is a security and defence affairs journalist based in Brussels, Belgium. His other freelance work includes writing for the Security & Defence Agenda think-tank, Security Europe and PolicyMic. He is also a contributing editor for Infinity Journal, a strategic studies publication.
NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium, 24.10.2011 In light of the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on the 20th October and the subsequent end of fighting in Sirte, NATO has given preliminary approval for concluding all aspects of Operation Unified Protector around Libya by the 31st of October. The decision, due to be finalised by the North Atalantic...Full Article »
Jonathan Dowdall Reporting from Brussels 4 July 2011 During a policy briefing on the new Polish Presidency of the European Council, Mr Jan Tombinski, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU, stated that Poland will be lowering its EU defence reform ambitions, adding that some previous EU projects have been a "senseless waste of...Full Article »
10 June 2010 Jonathan Dowdall - reporting from Brussels Hail and farewell . . . and general disappointment In his last ever political address as Secretary of Defense for the United States of America, Robert Gates has rounded off his 11 day over-seas "swan-song tour" with a firm warning to European allies that they "...Full Article »
Defence related research and development (R&D) is a vital component of Europe’s technical industrial base. It not only provides the technological solutions that will power the next generation of high-performance platforms, but also contributes to the feedback loop for existing platform upgrades and maintenance improvements. Steady defence...Full Article »
The recent announcement that Germany will formally suspend its conscription programme in 2011 marks the next step in the long and painful process of reforming the Bundeswehr (German Army). Speaking about the decision, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the restructuring could "be a symbol of the readiness to change, and the need to change, in...Full Article »