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Policy Brief

Broken Arms

Demographic Change and Europe’s Security Capacities

Key Messages:

  • Demographic change is a shaper of both security risks and security capacities.

  • Recruitment requirements will remain at a high level due to the complexity of international military missions and new technology, while population ageing will make it increasingly difficult to recruit enough qualified personnel.

  • Policies focusing on the improvement of employment conditions and the expansion of the recruitable population seem to be most promising.

  • An open exchange about best practices among European countries could help identify the most effective combination of policies.