Some are having fun with Alan Duncan’s diary revelation that Tobias wants Svetland to become a UK spaceport. They shouldn’t.
The UK and governments across the west have started to act. But we’re still just starting to figure out how to respond.
Spending amounts to an extra £24 billion over four years from today’s levels, helping to equip our Armed Forces.
Even if a large conventional military suited Britain’s needs, the public is not prepared to pay for one.
Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
Starmer attacked Johnson for promising not to cut the size of the Army, yet now doing exactly that.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
Its rage crowds out the clear thinking and coherent strategising required to get rid of him.
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
“Our international policy is a vital instrument for fulfilling this Government’s vision of uniting and levelling up across our country.”
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
The Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is upon us. But will the capabilities follow the challenges, or vice-versa?
The Defence Secretary has done the right thing by extending support to those no longer serving, but that needs to be followed with action.
The delay to the review, historic increases to defence spending and rumoured cuts to troop numbers paint a picture of an organisation in flux.
The D10 presents an opportunity for coordinating democracies around goals of combating climate change while securing supply chains.