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Building Sustainable and Effective Military Capabilities: a systemic comparison between professional and conscript forces

Kristina Spohr Readman (ed)
NATO Science Series, IOS Press (December 2004)

This volume is a comparative study of systematic costs and values of regular systems versus those based on conscription. In view of the transformation process of the military and society in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, but also more generally in the light of the changed security environment since September 11, this publication presents an audit of alternative force models and seeks to identify a method which could be applied widely to evaluate

  • the true total costs (economic, social and political) of regular versus conscript systems
  • the utility, availability and cost affectiveness of both systems in the face of today's new security circumstances
  • the adequateness of either system for especially CEE countries whose reform processes are being hampered by legacy military cultures.

This book does not come up with definitive answers to the various issues. Instead, the authors, practicing military men and women, defence analysts and anthropologists, identify what the problem areas are an offer advise as to how to proceed in solving the specific conundrums identified.  

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