Phil Sparks, UK

2011.11.22

A big and positive step forward. But the military are not trained or equipped to carry out the bulk of specialist missions at very short notice. A professional civilian airwing should be formed that could respond to a disaster with the correct equipment and expertise within hours of a catastrophe. It would also be an excellent way of delivering \'soft power\'and volunteers to a situation that can only be attempted by a powerful intergovernmental organisation and visibly deliver, reinforce and export European values.