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Articles from the magazine "The European - Security and Defence Union" issue 19


New unrest and instability on Europe’s periphery

by Ambassador Jiří Šedivý, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO, Brussels

“The year 2014 may well be seen by future historians as the most important (re)defining moment for European security since the end of the cold war. The strategic landscape of Europe’s neighbourhood seems to be radically different today from the situation only a year ago. Two moments – or strategic surprises perhaps – have dominated the past twelve months.

Just several hundred kilometres to the east of the EU’s and NATO’s borders Russia has launched a hybrid campaign against its neighbour. Moscow’s revisionism is challenging the very principles of the post-cold war European security architecture […]. In the south, from the Middle East to North Africa (MENA), the accelerated rise of militant extremist groups is destabilising the region with detrimental consequences for the security of the whole Euro-Atlantic area.”  To read the full article please click here

Armed drones – high time for an ethical and legal discussion
by Barbara Lochbihler MEP, European Parliament, Brussels/Strasbourg

“A European armed drone by 2020: that is the common objective of seven EU countries, including Germany and France. Since this decision became public in 2013 I have voiced criticism, among other things by initiating a resolution in the European Parliament on the use of armed drones, adopted almost exactly one year ago. So, why am I so sceptical about a technology that at first glance seems to offer so many advantages?” To read the full article please click here

Military-civil synergies in CSDP – examples and opportunities
by Lieutenant General Wolfgang Wosolsobe, Director General, EU Military Staff, Brussels

“The rapid increase in the number of parallel deployments, with several new civilian and military missions in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel region, has given new impetus to the objective of further developing military-civilian synergies. Further exploring the synergies between the two kinds of deployment potentially offers significant cost savings, greater efficiency in the use of resources and a more unified EU presence on the ground.” To read the full article please click here

Smart Energy for Military Forces is becoming a reality
by Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO, Brussels

“The amount of money we spend on energy for our armed forces is staggering. For one gallon of fuel to be safely transported to an operational theatre like Afghanistan we spend the equivalent of five gallons. Our energy posture is also limiting the effectiveness of our operations. Since our operations involve long distances and often a sustained presence, we need an ever-larger support structure. And since our resources are limited, this growing support structure risks eating away at our fighting forces.” To read the full article please click here

Mobile Power Supply Management Systems for permanent and temporary use
Interview with Samuel Ansorge, Technology Director, and Martin Schuster, Senior Adviser to the Board, PFISTERER Holding AG, Winterbach

“The European: […] Last year you created a new business branch, developing mobile and scalable Power Supply Management Systems for the efficient supply of smart energy to sensitive regions such as disaster and crisis zones.

Samuel Ansorge: The time has come to “go smart”, which means quite simply to reduce fossil fuel consumption. But in our case we analysed the political situation around Europe and identified a need for mostly mobile and scalable energy management systems for the supply of power to refugee camps, mobile hospitals, military camps and large construction sites, and we looked around to see what was needed in underdeveloped regions.” To read the full interview please click here


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