- List of Contributors
- Defining War
- Strategy and War
- How History Shapes War
- The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War
- Alliances and War
- Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare
- Morality and War
- The Evolving Legal Aspects of War
- The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars
- The Strategic Object of War
- Nuclear Deterrence and War
- Unconventional Forms of War
- Terrorism and War
- Strategic Leadership and War
- Intelligence and War
- The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
- Managing War
- The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?
- The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives
- The Japanese Way of War
- Military Coalitions in War
- Military Leadership in A Changing World
- The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on three Commands
- Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors
- Conducting Joint Operations
- Counterinsurgency and War
- The Role of Logistics in War
- Land Warfare
- Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control
- Air Warfare
- Teaching War
- The Limits of Technology in War
- Space: A New Theatre of War?
- Affording War: The British Case
- Industry and War
- Procurement and War
- The Defence Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment
- The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces
- Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach
- Building A Multilateral Civilian Surge
- Demography and Warfare
- Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective
- Communicating War: The Poacher's Perspective
- Does War Have A Future?
- conclusions:The Unpredictability of War and Its Consequences
Abstract and Keywords
War is as much a function of affordability as it is strategy, structure, and planning. And, for a balance to be struck between what is needed and what can be afforded, a key and enduring relationship must be established between the tasks armed forces must undertake and the capability and capacities such forces possess. It is a mark of the defence economic challenges faced by all NATO and EU states that in spite of Britain's current difficulties it remains only one of three other NATO European members to spend above the minimum 2 per cent of GDP on defence. This article explores the key relationship between forces and resources and uses Britain as a case study to consider the affordability of modern armed forces in an age of austerity. The core message is essentially simple: whatever the financial situation a state faces, security and defence of the realm must be afforded.
Chris Donnelly, Institute for Statecraft and Governance.
Commander Simon Reay Atkinson, Royal Navy and Cambridge University.
Professor Julian Lindley-French is Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy, Netherlands Defence Academy, and Associate Fellow, Chatham House.
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