British battle tanks. 1945 to the present. by Simon Dunstan

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Reaching consensus within each organization, let alone between them, is often a formidable challenge. S. interests more broadly—will depend to a considerable extent on how the ESDP is implemented. , whether its command structure is linked with that of NATO so that CINC/ESDP is also located within the NATO structure, perhaps as Deputy SACEUR. Actually, this command relationship appears to be moving in a different direction, Political and Strategic Issues: Concluding Observations 39 with the preliminarily designated acting commander of the still nonexistent ESDP force a general from Finland, rather than someone from one of the established NATO countries within the EU.

2. Assuming that incremental investment resources are available, but without substantial reallocations from existing military spending and military investments, the requisite capital costs for the ESDP/RRF cannot be met until the end of the decade. 3. However, with such reallocations, the necessary capital costs can be met by 2007. 4. If combinations among the several funding sources can be accomplished, realization of the goal can be further accelerated. To move more aggressively in this direction will require overcoming organizational inertia and established service and industry interests.

32–34. 1 Finally, as the third column of Table 7 indicates, savings from increased efficiency in the defense industry and from movement toward a single defense market in the EU would contribute additionally, if modestly, to defraying the necessary capital costs. Four principal conclusions emerge from this analysis: 1. Meeting the capital costs of the ESDP/RRF by the planned 2003 target year is unlikely. 2. Assuming that incremental investment resources are available, but without substantial reallocations from existing military spending and military investments, the requisite capital costs for the ESDP/RRF cannot be met until the end of the decade.

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