The RAF’s acquisition of the RC-135 ‘Airseeker’ represented a deliberate effort by both the RAF and US Air Force to set the conditions for further integration. The current lack of greater progress on this vision will represent a lost opportunity for both air forces that will only serve to drive up operating costs.
The timing was perfect: just as the new Trump Administration is preparing to take over in the US, Beijing has published a White Paper entitled ‘China’s Policies on Asia–Pacific Security Cooperation’. It claims to outline China’s contributions to Asia–Pacific regional security. But it fails to diminish concerns over its regional ambitions.
The UK is ‘back East of Suez’, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declared earlier this month. However, while the British government is making the engagement with the Arab Gulf states a centrepiece of its foreign policy, Germany is also looking to strengthen its relationships in the region, albeit more cautiously and with less fanfare.
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...
Justin Bronk, Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology
Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society
Emily Winterbotham, Senior Research Fellow
Andrea Berger, Associate Fellow
Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships
Peter Quentin, Research Fellow, Military Sciences
RUSI experts offer their initial reactions on the election of President-elect Donal Trump and what this will mean for US foreign policy, the fight against ISIS, Europe, Asia, the defence industry and...
The RAF’s acquisition of the RC-135 ‘Airseeker’ represented a deliberate effort by both the RAF and US Air Force to set the conditions for further integration. The current lack of greater progress on...