CEPA STRATCOM PROGRAM
AUTHOR:Jakub Grygiel
15 March 2016

Enduring Allies

What are the best ways to strengthen an alliance? The most immediate, and most discussed, method is to establish the visible and permanent presence of a security guarantor like the United States on allied territory.
But there’s another, often overlooked, option: shared defense manufacturing. When allies produce weapons platforms together, they tend to stick together once war starts.

In CEPA’s latest Intelligence Brief—No. 4: Enduring Allies—Senior Fellow Jakub Grygiel assess how technological integration, joint defense manufacturing and other layers of defense-industrial cooperation strengthen the credibility of a great power commitment to frontline states. The report concludes that allies with close defense-industrial links are better able to deter a neighboring rival and more likely to remain allies in the event of a military crisis.