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An Archetype for European Security examines the causes and solutions to the problem of military security in Europe. Specifically, the thesis is that a Federation for European Military Security is a desirable, feasible, and long-term scheme for resolving the problems of uncertainty and a just peace in Europe.
Presenting empirical data compiled by noted warfare research analysts, this paper discusses general trends associated with war. Next presented and discussed are the following proposed military schemes: (1) end all alliances while nation-states maintain military forces only at the necessary level for defending its political sovereignty and territorial integrity; (2) a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) using a “Resilient Defense” strategy to manage the NATO irony; (3) the Western European Union; and (4) the Pan-European Army. Although not an exhaustive list, these four schemes are paradigmatic of a multitude of proposed schemes.
Proposing a thought experiment a la John Rawls, derived is a method evaluating any proposed military scheme. Imagining an original position while imposed restrictions under a veil of ignorance, the principles of liberty, truth, and equality are selected in devising a desirable and feasible scheme. Lastly, a Federation for European Military Security is selected as the scheme promoting development within the context of an uncertain European future while maintaining a free, secure, just, and relatively peaceful Europe.
Although Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Martinez (USAF, Retired) authored this study in 1993 as a National Defense Fellow, the study and its solution remains relevant today given the immediate and emerging conditions in the Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia, and NATO.