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The Defence Industrial Ecosystem: Delivering Security in an Uncertain World

Henrik Heidenkamp, John Louth and Trevor Taylor
Whitehall Reports, 23 June 2011
Defence, Industries and Society, Equipment and Acquisitions, Defence Management, UK
Exploring the interdependencies, risks, opportunities and uncertainties within the defence industrial ecosystem

How do the protagonists at the heart of the nation's defence network – the policy-makers, industrialists, armed forces and the society from which these groups are drawn – interact and what does this mean for UK defence policy at a time of great uncertainty and crushing fiscal constraint?

This Whitehall Report introduces the Defence, Industries, and Societies Programme and its ongoing research activities, exploring this delicate and complex web of interactions.

By conceptualising a defence industrial ecosystem – an ordered system where hierarchies, functions, relationships and behaviours can be captured, modelled and analysed, this paper explores the drivers and imperatives of the defence industrial purpose and its role within sovereign policy and military force projection.

Author

John Louth
Director, Defence, Industries and Society

Professor John Louth is Senior Research Fellow and Director for Defence, Industries and Society at RUSI. 

He served as an officer... read more

Trevor Taylor
Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society

Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at RUSI, where he heads up a research programme in Defence,... read more

Henrik Heidenkamp
Associate Fellow
Henrik is a RUSI Associate Fellow supporting RUSI’s research into the public-private... read more

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