Alliance Expansion: A Guide to the Future of the Five Power Defence Arrangements
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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This thesis examines three alliances to determine the lessons learned that can apply to a possible future expansion of the Five Power Defence Arrangements FPDA.The study concludes there are three conditions necessary for the FPDA to endure whether states in the alliance are democracies, whether democratically elected civilians control the military, and whether the alliance is based on an initial threat plus a common culture and history. Furthermore, whilst the FPDA does not currently have an integrated military command structure IMCS, the evidence from NATO and SEATO suggests that if the FPDA were to grow in terms of mission set and member states, then an IMCS would be more important than it has been in the past. Therefore, an IMCS warrants reexamining as the FPDA operates in the evolving security environment of Southeast Asia.
- Military Forces and Organizations