EU Military Capability Development, NATO and Obesity

The Council adopted its conclusions on the European military capability development. The conclusions point out to measures such as exchange of information on defence budget cuts, capability pooling and sharing options (such as the recent UK-France Defence Cooperation Treaty), developing civil-military synergies in capability development, and developing cooperation with NATO regarding the development of military capabilities.

Now NATO is somewhat wary of EU’s military capability development, since it can divert important military infrastructure from the Alliance. The EU is not convinced of the success of most important NATO operation in the moment in Afghanistan. On the other hand experts say that the two organizations can align force development and mission-planning processes, and ensure closer communication and discourage any rivalry.

There is however a not-so-obvious threat both to EU and NATO military capabilities that  at first looks somewhat anecdotal. OECD reports that over half of adults in the European are overweight. As Letters from Europe notes, this is a military problem, since too many European men and women, just like in the US, are too fat to fight.

Hence the idea – couldn’t EU and NATO work on a obesity mitigation program as a first step in improving overall military capability?

 

 

One response to “EU Military Capability Development, NATO and Obesity

  1. This “too fat to fight” is a chimera. The scale of present day militaries, even if doubled, are of such a small size that an “aging and fattening” population doesn’t crowd out the numbers to the degree that fit men of fighting age can be found. More to the point: if virtually no-one in Europe WOULD EVEN ENLIST AT ALL, or support even a necessary military deployment, why would this even matter?

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