Defence

Our defence-related topic areas cover UK defence policy, defence industries, armed services, developments in military technology, military alliances and modern deterrence strategies.

Defence topics


Air Power

We examine the evolution of military air operations in the 21st Century.

Defence Acquisition and Industrial Strategy

We consider how the ideas, rules and arrangements that shape governmental defence relations with private sector suppliers challenge all governments.

Defence Management and Economics

We analyse defence management practices undertaken by the UK Ministry of Defence, including defence spending and the economic impact of defence expenditure.

Global WMD Issues

Our research focuses on regional affairs associated with the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; countering proliferation finance; and broader issues of deterrence, disarmament and arms control.

Land Warfare

We assess how land forces train and fight in contemporary conflict and how they plan to operate over the coming two decades.

Modern Deterrence

Modern deterrence focuses on the blending of traditional deterrence and societal resilience against emerging forms of warfare.

NATO and Military Alliances

Alliances are a critical part of the Western way of war and an enduring source of strength. Our research examines the detail behind alliances’ success or failure.

Sea Power

Our research assesses the strategic and operational trends that will dictate how navies fight, and what their role is.

Space Policy

Our research analyses UK and international space policy, the military aspects of space power and what the future of space conflict will look like.

Technology, Security and Intelligence

RUSI’s research spans areas such as the intersection between technology and geopolitics, ethical and legal applications of AI, technology procurement, FinTech and cyber.

UK Foreign and Security Policy

RUSI analyses today’s critical UK foreign policy issues, including the impact of Brexit, the response to Russia and China, and the Asian Pivot.

UK Integrated Review

Contributing to the debate and providing essential analysis of the issues as we track the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Foreign Policy and Development

UK Nuclear Policy and Programmes

RUSI conducts research and convenes discussions on the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, its nuclear policy, and its approach to non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.