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La Puce, les Hommes et la Bombe: l'Europe Face aux Nouveaux Défis Technologiques et Militaires
La Puce, les Hommes et la Bombe: l'Europe Face aux Nouveaux Défis Technologiques et Militaires
By Pascal Boniface and François Heisbourg
Hachette, 1986, 320 pp

This is an unusual and therefore valuable book: an up-to-date and highly knowledgeable discussion of the major political, military and technological issues facing the Atlantic alliance as seen from France and, more generally, Europe. Among the subjects are new technologies and strategies for conventional defense, the implications of SDI for Europe, and coming demographic and economic constraints on European defense. François Heisbourg was international relations adviser to the minister of defense in 1981-84 and since then has been with Thomson International, deeply involved in arms procurement and sales: his special knowledge is well utilized in this book. Both authors view technology as presenting a new challenge to Europe, place a special hope in Franco-German cooperation, but leave open the question of whether Europe is headed for renewal or decline.