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Two New Articles from Prof. Young: NATO Sea Blindness and Central and Eastern Europe Defence

July 22, 2019

Professor Thomas-Durell Young has recently published two new articles, “NATO’s Selective Sea Blindness: Assessing the Alliance’s New Navies” by U.S. Naval War College Digital Commons and “What are Governments in Central and Eastern Europe not Buying with their Defence Budgets? The Readiness Clue” by the RUSI Journal. In the first article, “NATO’s Selective Sea Blindness,” Young argues that NATO countries are guilty of a sea blindness where modernization of their navies is concerned. Their deficiencies lie “in building integrated capabilities, ensuring common operating procedures, projecting battlespace awareness, and accomplishing interoperability in all maritime combat domains.” These shortcomings are particularly perilous in light of Russian aggression (e.g., seizing the Crimea and its challenges to the international order). In the article, he concludes it is not just NATO countries that need to transform their navies but also western governments.

In “What are Governments in Central and Eastern Europe not Buying,” Young examines why readiness has not been accepted as a critical element of defense governance by defense institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. He uses success cases to identify factors for lessons learned that can be replicated elsewhere. He also looks closely at the Slovenian armed forces.

To read “NATO’s Selective Sea Blindness,” click here

To read “What are Governments in Central and Eastern Europe not Buying,” click here

 


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