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Organising Defence in a Competitive Age


Main Image Credit British Army Battlegroup headquarters in 2019. (MOD, Open Government Licence)


If UK defence is to achieve the levels of coordination required to meet the aspirations of the Integrated Review, a bold reorganisation of the current command structure and supporting systems is required. If successfully carried out, such a reorganisation could bring significant benefits across government.

With the recent release of the Integrated Review (IR) and Defence Command Paper (DCP), both building on the Integrated Operating Concept 2025 (IOpC) published in 2020, the UK has clearly established what it sees as the major challenges to its national security and has outlined the concepts and capabilities that defence will bring to confronting those challenges. However, while both documents emphasise the importance of integration within defence as well as between defence and

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Ewan Lawson

Associate Fellow

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