Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The Strategic Defence and Security Review
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This 'Strategic Defence and Security Review (Cm. 7948)' provides detailed information on how the Government plans to deliver the strategy outlined in 'A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: the National Security Strategy (Cm. 7953)'.
national security tasks and planning guidelines;
alliances and partnerships; and
structural reform and implementation.
An adaptable posture is proposed by the review, enabling a flexible response to highest priority risks, maintaining a deterrent, enhancing partnerships, constant review of longer-term risks and uncertainties.
Other national security tasks identified include:
An outline force structure, Future Force 2020, is planned for defence.
The Army will receive new armoured vehicles and strategic lift aircraft, better communications equipment, and more battlefield helicopters.
The role and structure of the Territorial Army and other reserve forces will be reviewed.
The Royal Navy will get new vessels, including two new aircraft carriers, though only one carrier will be designed for full operability with allies.
The Ark Royal carrier will be decommissioned and Harrier jets phased out as new aircraft are introduced.
Royal Air Force capabilities will be based around a fleet of Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with supporting unmanned vehicles and an enhanced air transport fleet.
The nuclear deterrent will be maintained, but the number of warheads on each submarine and in reserve will be reduced.
Wider security covers terrorism, instability and conflict overseas, cyber security, civil emergencies, energy security, organised crime, border security, counter proliferation and arms control.
Alliances and partnerships remain a fundamental part of this approach, including bilateral co-operation and multilateral engagement through the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United Nations (UN). Structural reform to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the strategy is outlined in this review.
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