The lecture This lecture presents the purpose and alternative approaches to defence and force planning. It provides definitions and models, used to describe defence capabilities, and presents the outlines of a methodology for capability planning, supporting decision making on long-term development of forces, management and support organisations in uncertainty. The methodology uses a taxonomy that adds to the operational capabilities of the armed forces capability groups for management, defence diplomacy, and agility.
The formation of an Army of Europe has been discussed almost since the end of World War II, but has yet to be realized. After reading through the numerous and varied proposals over the past sixty years, the observer invariably arrives at the conclusion that all concerned parties agree: the European Union (EU) should have its own military. The Union today, taken as a whole, is an economic and cultural superpower.