At a ConHome conference interview yesterday, Williamson suggested we should do so if it will save or improve lives without disproportionate cost.
The MoD should use the opportunity of Brexit to reflect on whether EU competition rules should continue to apply to procurement.
It is rare to hear the defence establishment talking plainly about the need to protect Britain against external threats.
But it is important to acknowledge that there are growing concerns within Israel about the rise of antisemitism in Britain.
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
Outcries over the loss of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq show that the British public is simply unwilling to see soldiers dying.
This morning, around 4,500 British servicemen and women will be serving our country across the globe. They are taking part in 25 operations in almost 30 countries.
“I want you and your families to know that this Government is on your side.”
The most dramatic option is to cut whole areas of capability in order to focus on the remaining core ones.
Brexit is unrivalled as a self-centred prescription.
By honouring their contribution we would strengthen the bonds of friendship between the UK and Poland which endure today.
We will meet the NATO’s investment pledge to spend two per cent of GDP on defence every year of this decade.
We will increase the defence budget by more than inflation; not reduce the size of the regular armed forces further, and replace the four existing Vanguard submarines.
So we need to continue to invest heavily in naval equipment – ensuring that it comes into operation, and has the manpower to go with it.