The third part of "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition produced 62 op-eds. We would like to thank all of our members who contributed to the policy workshop competition.
Atlantic-community.org already published the shortlisted articles for Category 3: Smart Defense. However, we received many good articles that regrettably could not be shortlisted. Below you will find links to the other articles. These submissions contain recommendations ranging from ideas such as examining the role of NATO strategy in Smart Defense to Europe's role in any Smart Defense initiative.
UPDATE: Check out the Atlantic Memo and announcement of the winners from Category 3 as well.
Defining NATO's Strategy
- Smart Defense: NATO's Reach Should Not Exceed Its Grasp | Zachary B. Toal, USA
- Smart Defense: Define Threats, Adjust Capabilities, Acknowledge Dependence | Moritz Sebastian Eckert, Germany
- Smart Defense Success Starts with Common Goals | Tabish Shah, UK
- Smart Defense Through Strategic Dialogue | Scott Moore,USA
Europe's Role in Smart Defense
- Fostering Real NATO-EU Cooperation Through an EU Structural Defense Fund | Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria
- NATO's Smart Defense: The "Community Approach" | Iliana Panayotova Panayotova, Bulgaria
- Atlantic Security Must Get Smart or (It Will) Get Scattered | Jose Alberto da Silva Almada e Alves Guimaraes, Portugal
- Smart Defense: A Necessary "Bottom-Up" Approach | Jeremy Thirion, Belgium
- Smart Defense and Venal Interests | Dmitry Lifatov, Russia
Gradualism in Smart Defense
- Incremental Intelligence Sharing for a Smarter Defense | Francese Pont, Spain
- Implementing the Smart Defense Initiative in a Smart Way | Dumitru Minzarari, Moldova
- Implementing Smart Defense: Cost-Effective Solutions Beyond the Taboos | Alice Pannier, France
What Role for PR?
- Democratic Legitimacy and Effective Sharing the Key for Smart Defense | Jonathan Dowdall, UK
- NATO: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Smarter Defense | Ashley Ann Clayton Hess, USA
- NATOnalizing Equipment: Small Reform with Vast Impact | Igor Leonidovic Fayler, Germany
- Getting Smart: Foresight, Scalability, and Learning | Costinel Anuta, Romania
- Realizing Smart Defense: Investing in a New Generation of Leadership | Sarah Wagner, Germany
- "Smart Defense": Cutting Bureaucracy | Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, USA
- Spend Better, Move Faster, Punch Harder | Camlo Kalandra, UK
- Spending Together, Saving Together | Dirk Siebels, Germany
- Smart Defense with Full Sovereignty | Aaron Menenberg, USA
- Optimizing and Coordinating NATO's Defense Capacity | Andrew Windsor, USA
- On the Path to Smart Defense | Emine Akcadag, Turkey
- Making Smart Defense Matter for Idling NATO Members | Nico Segers, Belgium
- Smart Defense: NATO's Twenty-First Century Trident | Yasmin Jeanice Mattox, USA
- A New Era for Strategic Issues: Creating a Smart Defense Agency | Thomas Brisson, France
Participants in Category 3: Smart Defense were asked the following question:
In February 2011, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen introduced the concept of Smart Defense - "ensuring greater security, for less money, by working together with more flexibility." To accomplish this, he said NATO "must prioritize... must specialize... and must seek multinational solutions." However, the European Union, much of its membership overlapping with that of NATO, has endeavored to accomplish a similar task through pooling and sharing, but shrinking defense budgets and concerns over sovereignty have severely limited progress. The United States, which recently released a review of its own defense strategy, has highlighted the need to spend wisely, and with significant cuts to its defense budget, "smart" spending will necessarily be more than a catch phrase. Yet even in this time of austerity when defense spending is certain to decline, nations have reservations about the multinational efforts required to make smart defense effective.
Question: How might NATO encourage nations, concerned about diminished sovereignty, to invest in Smart Defense? What mechanisms would make this kind of cooperation efficient and effective?