Germany’s Embargo on Saudi Arabia and the Limits of European Arms Cooperation (Updated)

04/05/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - Germany’s renewal of an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia effectively casts doubt as the lead partner for France to build a future fighter jet, drone, and tank, key projects to boost consolidation in the European defense industry. Berlin on March 28 extended by a further…

The Strategic Shift and Enhanced Force and Combat Sustainability

04/01/2019
The Williams Foundation launched a series of seminars in 2013 which address the transformation of theADF into a fifth generation force.  Last year, we focused on the strategic shift from the land wars to crisis management with peer competitors. The next seminar to be held in Canberra on April 11,…

Australia Moves Ahead with Its Working Relationship with Naval Group: The Sub Design Contract

03/05/2019
The Australian government signed an agreement in 2016 with Naval Group to build a new class of attack submarines. There have been challenges to reach a partnering agreement, including intellectual property and other issues. Last month, a core partnering agreement was signed enabling further working relationships to be established essential…

Updated German Defense Report: March 5, 2019

03/05/2019
We have just published the third version of report on German defense. According to Brigadier General (Retired) Meyer sum Felde: “Priority must now be again on collective defence and related high intensity warfighting capabilities for credible deterrence. “The Bundeswehr must become again essential part of the conventional backbone of defence…

Germany and the Return of European Direct Defense: A New Special Report

03/01/2019
“Germany's challenge is to recognize that history and geography have not disappeared as key factors shaping Germany’s prosperity and security; and that Germany needs as well to focus upon re-energizing the European project as well. If Germany became a nation isolated in a disaggregating Europe, Germany itself might disintegrate as a…

The Munich Security Conference 2019: An Overview

02/24/2019
This year's Munich Security Conference 2019 did a good job of reflecting the conventional wisdom in Europe about the Trump Administration, and allowing geopolitical adversaries of the United States a good world stage. And Chancellor Merkel provided a "feel good" speech to rally Europeans nostalgic for a world before Donald…

How the Munich Security Conference Embodied the New Communications Approaches

02/19/2019
Social media, tweeting, and various other coms tools are largely being used either to shape and reinforce self-defined communities or to provide the means to attack “them” while we define “us.” John Stuart Mill would not thrive in this environment. He who knows only his own side of the case,…