Three decades of low-intensity warfare has led to the development of numerous exquisite platforms, bristling with capability, but their cost makes them scarce, and consequently vulnerable. Generating mass and resilience requires federating capabilities.
Although security operations are likely to continue as before, the coup should force the international community to ask hard and probing questions about the approach taken in trying to secure the Sahel.
The importance of space to the UK’s national security, military and international relationships means it should be a key issue in the upcoming Integrated Review. However, a shift in thinking on activities in this environment is needed to ensure that the right questions are being asked.