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Toward Multinational Professional Military Education in Europe

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European NATO nations need better staff officers. Operation Unified Protector exposed a widespread deficiency in the professional knowledge of field-grade European officers. Professional military education (PME) is where corrective Alliance action must focus. The Nordic countries—Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland—have conducted joint training courses for decades and are considering ways to facilitate cooperation in the education of the field-grade officers that would populate the staff of any future NATO-led expeditionary operation. We suggest three alternative paths that increased cooperation in PME at the level of the command and staff course could take: a Nordic Defence College, standardized national command and staff courses, and a core curriculum of common courses for common purposes. We conclude with a discussion of how the Alliance can facilitate clusters of cooperation between strategically proximate groups of Allies to improve their number of knowledgeable and skilled staff officers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date6 Oct 2013
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 6 Oct 2013
EventAnnual Joint Meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 4 Oct 20136 Oct 2013

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Joint Meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period04/10/201306/10/2013

Bibliographical note

Presented to the Annual Joint Meeting of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C., 4-6 October 2013.

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - NATO, Bolognaprocessen, cooperation, Professional Military Education, Higher Education, Nordic

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