The coronavirus pandemic has jeopardised the UK's planned Comprehensive Spending Review. While an interim review might seem justified, key decisions on major defence projects cannot be postponed for long.
The future of the UK government’s Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is now uncertain. In its absence, the government should consider issuing a top-level policy paper which defines a vision for the UK’s role in the world, but not until spring or summer 2021.
The debate about the future of the UK’s heavy armour has been reignited by the recent revelation that the British Army is considering retiring its main battle tanks in the Integrated Review. While changes are necessary, to abandon heavy armour would be a mistake.