The next UK government – of whatever political stripe – will face two crucial questions when it comes to defence and security – what do you intend to do with the military and, once you have decided, what is the criteria for deciding what capabilities you need?
A week after the atrocity in Manchester, it is now possible to draw some preliminary conclusions: there clearly was a breakdown in the intelligence flow that led to suicide bomber Salman Abedi slipping through the net; there are enduring questions about the UK’s Prevent anti-terrorism strategy; and, finally, there are the weaknesses of ‘soft targets’ that such an attack invariably expose.
The British Army’s new Strike concept has attracted much negative comment. But it is considerably more robust and well-founded than its critics claim, and it has the potential to offer infantry brigades the ability to march and manoeuvre under armour at far greater distances than is currently possible.
John Louth, Director, Defence, Industries and Society
RUSI Director of Defence, Industries and Society, Dr John Louth looks at how changing US attitudes to defence and security following the election of Donald Trump could see the growth of both European...