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A pair of E2C Hawkeyes during an air power demonstration
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Analyzing and Improving Airborne Command and Control

28 Nov 2014 Security Watch

Is size an important factor in determining the effectiveness of airborne command and control (C2) platforms? Not really, says Roger Misso. His research suggests that the US Navy’s E-2 Hawkeye is just as effective in theater operations as NATO’s and the US Air Force’s much larger E-3 AWACS. More on «Analyzing and Improving Airborne Command and Control»


Islamic State Swaths, courtesy of  Karl-Ludwig Poggemann
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Why ISIS’ Forerunners Lost

28 Nov 2014 Security Watch

The so-called Islamic State is not the only revivalist movement that has forcibly tried to redefine the borders of the Middle East. Today, Simon Anglim recalls the rise and fall of the Wahhabi-Saudi Emirate of the 18th-19th centuries and ponders what it can tell us about the long-term future of ISIS. More on «Why ISIS’ Forerunners Lost»


German Eurocorps soldier
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Prioritising European Defence Cooperation

27 Nov 2014 Security Watch

How can the EU improve its member-states’ defense coordination and cooperation? Christine Nissen thinks Brussels should 1) strengthen the military dimensions of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), 2) develop more common capabilities, and 3) push for greater integration between the EU’s fragmented defense markets. More on «Prioritising European Defence Cooperation »