CIPS Policy Brief No. 20, September 2012

  • NATO’s recently-articulated vision of ‘smart defense’ is meant to empower the alliance to respond to contemporary security challenges both efficiently and in a manner compatible with the budgetary difficulties of its member states.
  • The principles underpinning the NATO vision of smart defense are a logical adaptation to 21st century realities.
  • However, their implementation is likely to be more challenging than NATO allies have suggested.

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Alexandra Gheciu is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies.