My great fear is that isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
Posts Tagged: Royal Air Force
Our introduction to: what each Bill is, the politics of it, who’s responsible, arguments for and against – and a controversy rating out of ten.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Hannan: Does the army really still need tanks? Or the navy aircraft carriers? Or the rest of us, the Trident system?
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.
Tory MPs, Downing Street and the Treasury are poised to clash over plans to cut the army to 60,000. Who will win out?
One MP said this is more than enough for Islamists here, not nearly sufficient for Estonia and “for the Middle East, you’d want something in between”.
Chris Skidmore: Military personnel, veterans and their families deserve better access to Higher Education
We are providing funding to help service leavers to go to university, and scholarships for the children of those killed on duty.
Is the Treasury up for funding and voters up for supporting the ideas he sketched out ealier this week?
Lord Ashcroft: A Defence Secretary who believes that the UK should consider getting stuck in to other people’s wars
At a ConHome conference interview yesterday, Williamson suggested we should do so if it will save or improve lives without disproportionate cost.
Philip Dunne: Defence helps boost our prosperity. Here are my recommendations to grow its contribution.
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.
Eric Pickles: Netanyahu is in Britain. And the Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel – a sign that the two countries are drawing even closer.
But it is important to acknowledge that there are growing concerns within Israel about the rise of antisemitism in Britain.