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No Belgian armed forces is unaffordable

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In this Security Policy Brief Jo Coelmont examines the challenges Belgium is facing at present. On the one hand there is the declared  political objective to henceforth provide its defence forces with the means of achieving all of its tasks and, furthermore, to develop a new Strategic Plan, while taking decisions on replacing its current fleet of F16 fighter aircraft and determine strategic orientations on the replacement of frigates , mine hunter vessels and other major equipment programmes. On the other hand,  the already taken austerity measures impose severe structural cuts on its defence budget for the upcoming five years. In this context the author is proposing some “dos and don’ts“.(This Policy Brief exists in Dutch only)

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