25 September 2023

New CMS Report: Small States and Large Weapons

Complex and important decisions must be made when small states buy large arms and other types of defence equipment. Materiel acquisition involves extensive political, organizational, economic, and operational interests at both national and international levels. This is a particular challenge for small states that are not able to develop and produce these capacities themselves but must acquire them on the international market.

The CMS report “Small states and big weapons - Materiel acquisition in small European states” examines the decision-making processes behind the small states' materiel acquisition. The report sheds light on how these states must prioritize and balance various national and international considerations, and the report contributes with a number of recommendations for the further development of Denmark's materiel acquisition policy.

The report is in Danish but contains an abstract and recommendations in English.

Read the report here