The British Army’s new Strike concept has attracted much negative comment. But it is considerably more robust and well-founded than its critics claim, and it has the potential to offer infantry brigades the ability to march and manoeuvre under armour at far greater distances than is currently possible.
The launch this week of Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy, with an order of five vessels to be designed and built in English shipyards, sees the UK’s aspiration to compete in the global warship export market.
Since Britain’s EU referendum result, the pound has fallen against the US dollar by around 15 per cent. If this decline is sustained, the cost of Britain’s defence imports could increase by around £700 million per annum from 2018–19 – around 2 per cent of the total defence budget.
The British government has confirmed that it is ordering nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to fill the gap in UK capabilities left by the retirement of the Nimrod MR2 and cancellation of the follow-on Nimrod MRA4 in 2010.
The UK PONI Autumn Seminar brought together three former Cabinet ministers to present personal accounts of their interactions with nuclear policy and decision-making, conveying their insights to the...