Since the 2011 Levene Report, the United Kingdom’s system of defense management has devolved much of the responsibility for prioritizing armaments programs to the individual commands, each of which has its own plan. However, in principle, and to some extent in practice, the UK government seeks to maintain and develop the UK defense industry, partly as a way of generating operational freedom in the use of the UK armed forces. This means that some projects need to be awarded in a timely manner.
German Council on Foreign Relations - DGAP Report - No. 10 October 2023
Chapter on the United Kingdom (pp 55 - 58) by Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow, Royal United Service Institute (RUSI)