New HQ to take charge of EU military missions

Mogherini: “The political decision is finalised” (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

 

EU states have cleared the way for a new HQ to take charge of three military missions in a “couple of days”, as well as broader plans for joint defence.

The HQ will, in the words of 28 defence ministers adopted on Thursday (18 May), “assume responsibilities at the strategic level for the operational planning and conduct of the EU’s non-executive military missions” including “the three EU Training Missions deployed in Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia”. Continue reading

PLA discusses major military structure reform

From playing defense to going offense.

 

Beijing is considering launching major military command structure reform after a conference was held recently in Beijing to discuss the future role of the PLA, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language magazine based in Canada.

The article stated that Chinese generals attending the conference talked about redefining the national interests of China. In the past, the goal of the PLA was to defend the sovereignty and territorial inegrity of the People’s Republic of China. In the future, they believe that the PLA must carry out missions to protect China’s interest around the Asia-Pacific region. With this new policy in mind, the command structure of the PLA must then be changed to fit it. Continue reading