The EU elite are on manoeuvres again. They really really want military power, so the EU can walk the world stage and stalk the world’s corridors of power backed by the ability to intervene militarily wherever they wish. We should not encourage them.
EU countries have more men and women in arms than the USA, but cannot exert this power for lack of heavy lift, lack of a large enough surface navy and enough transport planes. Relatively poorly armed troops are also relatively immobile. They can be sent by train or lorry to a small war in Europe, but find it much more difficult to exert influence on other continents.
The UK still has an important navy and airforce, despite the cuts. The UK has some expeditionary capacity to work alongside the US and other UN powers in conflicts well beyond Europe. The EU would dearly love to enmesh this, and the nuclear capability of the country, into its plans for a wider European force. I could think of nothing worse. The last thing the world needs is a new juvenile superpower trying out its new powers to intervene. It is going to be difficult enough watching the US and China size each other up and develop a new relationship as China’s economic and military power waxes. The EU will not spend enough on weaponry and military technology to catch up with the USA, but it is intent on making a noise by putting the unbalanced forces of the member states under a new bureaucracy.