Since the end of the Cold War, Europe has concentrated on regional peace, while the United States has focused on high-tech, long-range capabilities to meet evolving global security threats. As a result, the immense difference between U.S. warfighting capabilities and those of Britain and the other European allies is widening. Although the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 reinvigorated the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, on the battlefield the United Kingdom can do little to help. This raises important questions: Is NATO becoming more of a political alliance than a military one? Will the European members be relegated to peacekeeping operations?
Capabilities, Capabilities, Capabilities
By Commander James G. Liddy, U.S. Navy