In this statement Nick Clegg outlines his goal to move away from ‘default Atlantacism’ and towards a more concerted European defence partnership. He rules out a like-for-like replacement of Trident and promotes the possibility of increased equipment cooperation with European allies.
The achievements of the NPR and the signing of New START are the first steps towards President Obama’s stated goal of a nuclear free world. However limited their successes may be, their announcements signify real progress in nuclear disarmament.
After the UK General Elections, the promised Strategic Defence Review needs to be developed on the basis of the likely outcomes in Afghanistan. It may be essential to have a genuinely radical solution to the defence crisis where the three services would each need to commit themselves to a single mission and a unified doctrine.
The RUSI Acquisition Focus identifies some major issues that will have to be resolved within defence equipment acquisition, including reform at the top of the MoD, management of complexity, MoD’s relationship with industry and improving the early stages of acquisition.
The British military presses ahead with expensive projects that may be of relatively little value in future wars. The UK needs to carefully consider what is needed in-theatre today, and on the battlefield tomorrow