Some good things, a few bad ones, some absences – and an opportunity missed not so much to level up Britain as to level with voters.
Posts Tagged: National Security
Garvan Walshe: Russia’s building up troops on Ukraine’s border. Here’s what we can do to stymie Putin.
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
Luke Coffey: My friend Tobias Ellwood is right to want Britain to purchase this piece of Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Circle
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.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
Garvan Walshe: The Integrated Review’s tilt to Asia could leave us vulnerable closer to home – and Putin
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
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.
Jack Richardson: Green policy as security policy. And why we shouldn’t let China corner the market in new technologies.
The D10 presents an opportunity for coordinating democracies around goals of combating climate change while securing supply chains.
It will need to make hard choices and to show evidence of a clarity and long-term vision that, to date, have been rather notable by their absence.
Whatever guidelines there may be on engagement with organisations, no-one will take them seriously if the Government doesn’t do so itself.
I urge both sides to continue to work together so that our peoples can go about their daily lives free from avoidable harm.
Mattie Heaven: Iran’s government is a terrorist regime. British Ministers must face this truth – and act on it.
Maintaining the current diplomatic relations would be a devastating mistake – potentially with fatal consequences.
We hope that Finn, Newman and the rest of the new appointees provide a fresh sense of direction and purpose.