The European Defense Environment: Part 1

By Matthew Beres, Forecast International.

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This episode features Dan Darling, Europe Military Markets analyst; and moderator Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit and Modernization Analyst as they discuss the European Defense Environment.

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00:34 – Europe has long been seen as a declining defense environment since the end of the Cold War. Is that a misconception, or have they retained an emphasis on maintaining broad military capabilities?

02:45 – Post-9-11 focus and global financial crisis

05:45 – Post Iraq/Afghanistan focus

07:45 – Economic growth and defense

10:00 – Increases in defense spending

14:15 – Beyond Russian aggression what are reasons behind increased spending?

15:15 – Varied defense priorities among member states.

The Forecast International International Military Markets series examines the military capabilities, equipment requirements, and force structures inventories of 140 countries, with corresponding coverage of the political and economic trends shaping the defense market outlook for individual countries and regions.

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