La rivoluzione negli affari militari e le relazioni transatlantiche: tendenze, problemi e prospettive

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The revolution in military affairs and transatlantic relations: trends, problems and perspectives

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The transatlantic partnership is one of the pillars on which the contemporary international order is based. The maintenance of a cohesive and efficient alliance between the United States and Europe is therefore in the interest not only of the parties involved, but also of the stability of the international system. This objective, apparently achieved and consolidated despite the absence of a common threat, is however based on bases that are anything but solid. Despite the many reasons for cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic, in fact, the reasons for tension between the United States and European partners abound. they go far beyond that. The aim of the essay is to investigate the implications of the technology gap on the relations between the two sides of the Atlantic. The term, frequently absorbed in the broader concept of capabilities gaps, is generally to indicate the gap in technological terms that the European Armed Forces must fill to reach the level of sophistication of the American army. The hypothesis that the majority of analysts maintain in this regard is that a more balanced alliance would be more efficient and, consequently, stronger. The requirement that is then developed is that European states should do more to modernize their defense forces according to the American example. The paper, on the contrary, intends to underline the beneficial effects of the technology gap, to conclude that it would be as illusory as it is useless to try to approach American leadership. To develop this argument, we will first try to quantify the size of the gap - with particular reference to the so-called "revolution in military affairs". We will then proceed to observe the implications in a concrete case, namely the Allied Force operation. Finally, the thesis of those who call for a revolution in military affairs for Europe will be criticized, to conclude that the attempt to bridge the gap would prove potentially harmful for the harmony of transatlantic relations.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The revolution in military affairs and transatlantic relations: trends, problems and perspectives
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationEsiste ancora la comunità transatlantica? Europa e Stati Uniti tra crisi e ditensione
EditorsANDREA LOCATELLI, VITTORIO EMANUELE PARSI, SERENA GIUSTI
Pages163-185
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • United States

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