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Multinational cooperation: building capabilities in small air forces

Burczynska, Maria E.

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Maria E. Burczynska


European air power is represented by a variety of air forces, each equipped with different capabilities and facing different limitations. Developing the former and making up for the latter requires resources and finances and is not always possible within a national capacity. It may be particularly problematic for smaller air forces, especially with the trend of shrinking defence budgets and increasing costs of the newest technological achievements. This article investigates the idea of multinational cooperation in Europe as a way to make up for these shortfalls and build collective European capabilities. In doing so, it focuses on two states, namely Poland and Sweden as examples of small air forces. By choosing these countries as case studies it also provides an opportunity to investigate the different forms of multinational involvement existing within and outside a major military alliance, namely NATO. The article explores the participation of the Polish and Swedish Air Forces in several multinational initiatives and investigates how such involvement increases (or not) their capabilities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 14, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2019
Publication Date Mar 4, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2020
Journal European Security
Print ISSN 0966-2839
Electronic ISSN 1746-1545
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 85-104
Keywords European air power, Multinational cooperation, NATO, Poland, Small air forces, Sweden
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Security on 04/03/2019, available online:


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