The forthcoming defence review will have to respond to pressures on resources, acknowledge the need to build public understanding of defence, and consider the best means to conceive of effects-based operations.
As NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces the appointment of a group of experts to support his work in further strengthening the Alliance’s political dimension, this Commentary identifies six primary challenges.
Rumours abound that the Royal Navy is to gut its globally respected Operational Sea Training organisation in order to reallocate cash across defence. It is not simply the UK’s martial reputation that would be at stake; the evidence states that operational sea training is a crucial asset on which the Royal Navy should not skimp.
In Project Haldane, the British Army’s endeavour to breathe new life into its reserve forces, the Army faces a unique opportunity to ensure its Reserve is configured for the next war; how it reacts may determine its future as a Reference Force.