The EU Operations Centre (OP CEN) was an ad hoc EU HQ. This has been replaced by the standing MPCC.
The EUMS is (in contrast to the MPCC) the non-operational military staff.
A committee of the Chiefs of Defence (CHODS) of member states, usually via permanent representatives (MilReps).
The ESDC is an European External Action Service (EEAS) based network training college.
The EDA employs some 170 staff, but through its networks of national experts it engages with around 4,000 defence specialists.
The ECDP is a mechanism to compare national military capability development, anticipate R&D and procurement, and encourage joint measures via the European Defence Agency (EDA).
Pooling of access to pay-per-use satellite communications, particularly in a deployment environment.
As plans to develop standing or designated EU forces stalled around 2000, focus instead turned on institutionally ‘poaching’ already existing European entities.
EU Battlegroups are multinational units of around 1,500 personnel and are the EU’s rapid reaction capacity.
An EU budget designed to encourage cooperative work undertaken through EU channels by co-financing it.
The CEF is an infrastructure fund, with strands covering Energy, Telecoms, and Transport.
The JHA entities include work done on Counter Terrorism. The most notable institutionally is Europol, whose remit has expanded rapidly.
JEIS is a training establishment for intelligence, set up as a PESCO programme. It is being set up by Greece, in Cyprus.
Galileo is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) of 30 satellites, replicating American GPS and Russian GLONASS.
SatCen is an EU agency providing EU institutions with Geospatial Intelligence from hired satellite time.
The EDA notes that some EU states have defence industries only made up of SMEs.
This is an EDA programme that looks at the impact on Defence of the EU’s Registration
The EDA is the core agency for all EU Defence matters that do not involve live operations.
The forthcoming root and branch reset of the civil service led in the Cabinet Office by Lord Agnew and Baroness Finn is greatly to be welcomed. Ministers are – and should be able to be – critically reliant on the civil service to be honest, genuinely objective, consciously subordinate and also on the ball…
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