Events in Eastern Europe call the assumptions of the Government’s new defence posture into question. Can we defend our treaty allies?
Posts Tagged: Defence and Foreign Policy Review
Nicolas Clark: The Government’s defence plans are based on a stark choice – ‘go large’ or ‘go smart’
Even if a large conventional military suited Britain’s needs, the public is not prepared to pay for one.
Stephen Booth: The Integrated Review marks a further step towards the wider world and away from the European Union
Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
The UK has taken some bold steps towards confronting the genocidal regime in Beijing. Our values must come before business concerns.
WATCH: The Prime Minister on the Review – ‘To make the United Kingdom stronger, safer, and more prosperous’
“Our international policy is a vital instrument for fulfilling this Government’s vision of uniting and levelling up across our country.”
James Sunderland: The Integrated Review. To project power in the world, we musn’t skimp on support arms and force protection
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
Johnson – “Our new, full-spectrum approach to cyber will transform our ability to protect our people”
The Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is upon us. But will the capabilities follow the challenges, or vice-versa?
James Sunderland: The Armed Forces have risen to the challenges of Covid. Parliament must not waste this opportunity to repay them.
The delay to the review, historic increases to defence spending and rumoured cuts to troop numbers paint a picture of an organisation in flux.
WATCH: The Prime Minister – “I’ve decided that the era of cutting our defence budget must end and it ends now”
He says that defence spending will be increased “by £24.1 billion over the next four years”.
Dom Morris: The focus on physical contest is compromising national security. An upcoming review must change that.
As the run up to the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review draws closer, here are some ideas for improvement.