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UK Modernising Defence Programme
The UK government is currently undertaking a 'Modernising Defence Programme' that 'looks at what defence needs and how defence works, so that we can deliver better military capability'. The exercise aims to cover the defence elements of the National Security and Capability Review. Throughout the process, RUSI will offer expert analysis of the programme.
If boldness, cunning and guile are the hallmarks of successful British military contributions that have allowed the UK Armed Forces to develop a reputation for excellence, then these might be the facets that need investment in the MDP, not simply new equipment.
Commentary, 30 May 2018
The language of deterrence was once more at the centre of policy discussion at the recent 2018 Munich Security Conference in February. Whether US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s talk on tailored deterrence, or British Prime Minister Theresa May’s references to modern deterrence, there appears to be an acceptance that the current posture, presence and profile of Western states against Russia (or China) is not working.
Commentary, 6 March 2018
As Parliament rose for the Easter recess, Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement announcing the release of the National Security Capability Review.
Commentary, 16 February 2018
This report looks at the implications of the UK government's decision to take the defence elements out of the National Security Capability Review, which has been underway since July 2017. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has made clear that his 'hope' is that the 'Modernising Defence Programme’ (MDP) will be published before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess in July 2018.
Whitehall Reports, 6 February 2018
The UK government has decided that the defence elements of the National Security Capability Review will be subject to further review.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers
Commentary, 25 January 2018