Joint Air & Space Power Conference 2017
The Role of Joint Air Power in NATO Deterrence
Is Deterrence a Lost Art?
2014 was a turning point in NATO’s security environment. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the change of borders in Europe by force yanked NATO’s attention away from Assurance and Projecting Stability and back to Deterrence.
Military build-ups and armaments programmes, both conventional and nuclear in nations worldwide, along with the challenge of hybrid warfare, have fuelled the debate about how to best deter these growing threats. Unfortunately, in the euphoria after the Cold War and the subsequent expansion of NATO, the focus on existential threats faded, as did much knowledge and understanding of old-school, traditional deterrence.