Two highly anticipated major documents released a week apart by the UK government have revealed its future defence strategy, with some major cuts to enable funding of new technology development.
The first, published on March 16 and entitled Global Britain in a Competitive Age: The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, sets out the vision for the UK in 2030. It covers the main conclusions of the Integrated Review (IR), including the strategic framework for national security and international policy objectives through to 2025. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, described it as “the largest review of its kind since the Cold War.”
On March 22, the Defence Command Paper (DCP), titled Defence in a Competitive Age, gave more specific details of the future plans for the UK armed forces. The government said it “marks the beginning of a significant and farreaching evolution in how defence is equipped and operates.” It notes that while the IR heralds a step change in how the UK engages and operates across the world, the DCP “has now set out what it means for defence. Strategic Command will be at the heart of the modernisation of the UK’s armed forces.”