03
déc
2008
Etudes de l'Ifri Focus Stratégique
John GORDON IV

Transforming for What ? Challenges Facing Western Militaries Today Focus stratégique n°11, novembre 2008

Transforming for What ? Challenges Facing Western Militaries Today

The term "transformation" is often heard in Western - especially U.S. - military circles. "Transformation" is generally intended to convey the notion of major, productive change for the future that will result in improved military capabilities. A major issue that faces the militaries of most democratic nations is, however, what missions are they transforming for? This article examines that important question, with a particular focus on the types of operations that are likely to predominate in the coming years, and the implications that they will have for the armed forces of the Western nations as they plan for the future.

Transforming for What ? Challenges Facing Western Militaries Today