How much of Europe's downsizing of their militaries is the result of NATO? Since the treaty, it seems to me that all countries involved have pooled their sovereignty and allowed Brussels to make the rules and regulations and with each year that passes snatches a little bit more sovereignty from every member. So often things start out like a feel good idea but grows into a power that like everything can become corrupt. What happens when NATO is run by a group of people with an agenda that members are at odds with? Or those things they sell as being justified under the guise of peace and humanitarian aid when they do the exact opposite? IMO, it is derelict of any European country to become complacent in protecting their own people from invasion of another. They do not budget like they should for the military. Maybe because they think under the treaty of NATO that their "friends" will be forced to pick up the slack? Hardly fair to their friends who may have taken care of business and out of irresponsibility of other members are forced into a position of getting involved in things most in their countries don't want to be a part of. Just a thought....
It's like Japan's Kongo class destroyers, they are actually cruisers but for political reasons Japan classifies them as destroyers. The Kongo class Aegis destroyers are comparable to the U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke destroyers.
The Soviet/Russia and China's Kiev class carriers are classified by Janes and most navies as carriers but in my opinion and there are more than a few on the DP who call them cruisers. The Kiev class carriers having surface warfare capabilities being armed with the SS-N-12 anti ship supersonic Mach 2.5 (2,000 lb. warhead) super carrier killer missiles.
The Soviets designed these carriers not to be used as strike carriers but they could be used as strike carriers. They were used to deny NATO ASW forces access to the Soviet ballistic missile submarine bastions. Primary AA against P-3 aircraft, hunting down and killing NATO attack subs and sinking American super carriers.
No one knows how China will use their carriers. Sea Lane control, strike, ASW, access denial, no one knows yet. I don't think China knows yet but I bet it will be access denial. The question is, has China kept the supercarrier anti-ship supersonic anti-ship missiles ?
The Swiss air force: armed and dangerous, but only in office hours
It's no fly-by-night military outfit and it doesn't start work too early in the morning, either, as the recent Ethiopian Airlines hijack proved.
Wednesday 19 February 2014 02.00 EST
>" There's something almost too civilised about a country whose fighter jets stick to office hours (note to would-be terrorists and airspace infiltrators: they also stop for an hour and a half for lunch, and there's no service at weekends). It was French and Italian jet pilots who escorted the Ethiopian Airlines plane hijacked by its co-pilot safely to Geneva airport on Monday morning – because, at 6.02am, it was still nearly two hours before the Swiss air force came to work.
"Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend," spokesman Laurent Savary told AFP. "It's a question of budget and staffing."..."<
The Swiss air force: armed and dangerous, but only in office hours | World news | The Guardian
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Putin is playing Obama like a fiddle....