Why Britain Doesn't Do Grand Strategy
RUSI Journal, Aug 2010, Vol. 155, No. 4
By Patrick Porter
The SDSR’s proverbial elephant in the room is Britain’s failure to craft strategy that reflects not just its aspirations, but its actual interests and capabilities. With no obvious major enemy to focus the mind, British strategy has been shaped by Washington’s agenda, and become overly concerned with ‘narrative’. As the National Security Strategy is reviewed over the coming months, Britain must ask basic existential questions about its role in the world, and encourage its scholars and policy-makers to embrace the study and conception of strategy.
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Further Analysis: Defence Policy, Global Strategy and Commitments, UK Defence