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The UK's decision to choose the F-35B variant of the Lightning II may have saddled the military with a more expensive, less effective platform.
The failed BAE Systems-EADS merger demonstrated the possible consequences of confusing corporate and national strategy.
The UK government's decision to revert to the F-35B Lightning II variant for its new aircraft carriers may have the positive (if unintended) outcome of enforcing a re-think in strategy.
Political and public debate of ballistic missile defence remains patchy and often ill-informed. A greater awareness of the evolution of it in Britain may go some way towards promoting a more balanced and considered approach to the subject.