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EVENT: Reviewing the Review: Understanding the Implications of SDSR 2015
RUSI hosted a special briefing to examine the implications of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The latest Strategic Defence and Security Review can be best described as being a ‘steady as she goes’ review, providing a welcome element of stability in defence planning after five years of substantial reductions.
In the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the government has attempted to deal with the challenge of preparing to deploy more conventional forces in a traditional war-fighting manner, as well as being seen to meet a growing and long-term terrorist threat.
The SDSR has rubber stamped the army's direction of travel, but it must now refine the details of its route there – and be sure to take its people with it along the way.
Despite some positive news, the Strategic Defence and Security Review does not prioritise much-needed investments in the Royal Navy.
The RAF is set to acquire new platforms as it is called upon to deliver a variety of missions in complex situations.
While there are some welcome investments announced in cyber-capabilities by the SDSR, the devil may be in the details that are yet to be announced.