Decoding the UK’s Defence Dilemma

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Guest article by Ian P. Wilson, Grant Thornton UK LLP Given unprecedented fiscal pressures inherited by the new UK Government, there is an increasing recognition that the UK will have to reassess how it seeks to assert itself militarily. Given the poor condition of the country’s public finances, it is a widely-held view that the UK simply cannot afford to buy and support military assets to simultaneously project air, sea and land force capabilities on a global scale; nor can it expect to address several major conflicts while maintaining effective security at home. As it proceeds with its promised 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), the new UK Government faces the dilemma of having to fund a fundamental realignment and upgrade of the country’s defence and security infrastructure, whilst seeking to reduce a record fiscal deficit. Inevitably, priorities will have to be determined and certain programmes will face cancellation or curtailment… * 1. A Changing World * 2. The Big Questions * 3. Defence procurement priorities – our view * Additional Readings 1. A Changing World UK MoD Governments and their suppliers are only beginning to adjust to the defence and security implications of the fundamental changes in the […]

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