Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 396–410 | Cite as

Culture, institutions and defence cuts: overcoming challenges in operational energy security

  • John R. DeniEmail author


Given the dramatic defence spending cuts occurring on both side of the Atlantic, the time would seem ripe for greater transatlantic cooperation in operational energy security — that is, the energy necessary to train for, deploy to, conduct, and redeploy from combat operations. However, with few exceptions, the prospects for greater cooperation in this area — in terms of common strategies, plans, doctrine, materiel and training, for example — appear quite low. Europe remains hobbled by institutional, organisational, and fiscal limitations, while the USA — largely for cultural reasons — struggles to overcome an episodic commitment to energy security.


operational energy security allies strategy energy culture interoperability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War CollegeCarlisleUSA

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