Accession Number : ADA326967

Title :   Demographic Trends in France and Germany: Implications for U.S. National Security.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Martin, Mark G.

PDF Url : ADA326967

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : This thesis explores the changing demographic picture in France and Germany and how it may affect U.S. national security in the near future. while demographics are only one set of the many forces driving changes in the way the United States and Western Europe interact and cooperate, they have the potential to fundamentally change the way Western Europe shapes and implements its security policies around the world. This thesis examines how demographic trends in Western Europe, particularly France and Germany, will affect those countries' abilities to fund and man viable military forces. The analysis includes topics such as immigration, terrorism, the importation of foreign conflicts, and increased nationalistic xenophobia. Finally it examines the implications these demographic changes will have on U.S. national security, in particular the willingness of France and Germany to act as U.S. allies and their ability to invest in defense spending. It concludes that while they are radically changing their force posture, France and Germany will continue to rely on the U.S. military for European security. Also, if Western Europe's social welfare programs are not significantly reformed, demographic forces will necessitate further decreases in defense spending.

Descriptors :   *UNITED STATES, *NATIONAL SECURITY, *DEMOGRAPHY, *FRANCE, *GERMANY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), EUROPE, SKILLS, SECURITY, THESES, VIABILITY, POSTURE(GENERAL), MILITARY BUDGETS, TERRORISM, WESTERN EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE