British and European Defense Priorities in the Era of Brexit and Trump
By August Cole and John Louth
The results of the United Kingdom referendum to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States have broad implications for British, European and NATO defense capabilities in 2017. In this podcast, August Cole interviews Avascent Global Advisor and RUSI Senior Research Fellow John Louth on where European defense priorities should be if the US adjusts its military commitments to NATO. Equally, as Britain heads toward Brexit, European ministries and industry need to consider a future without closely linked British military capabilities. John Louth’s RUSI paper that August references can be found here: The US Third Offset Strategy: Hegemony and Dependency in the Twenty-First Century.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
August Cole is the writer-in-residence at Avascent. He is also an Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, focusing on using fiction to explore the future of war; and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War and the editor of the Atlantic Council’s War Stories from the Future anthology. Previously, Cole reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal. From Washington, he covered companies ranging from Boeing to Blackwater, as well as broader defense policy and political matters. For more information, contact email@example.com.
John Louth is an Avascent Global Advisor and senior research fellow and director for defense, industries and society at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years before working as a consultant and program director extensively throughout the defense and energy sectors, employed in both the BMT Group and QinetiQ. His work has included the audit and governance of the UK strategic deterrent, the implementation of risk-based governance regimes into energy businesses and UK Ministry of Defence and industry partnering initiatives.
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