Breakfast Briefing - UK Defence Reform

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has, since its inception, been subjected to almost continuous review. In 2011, Lord Levene issued his report into the structure and management of the MOD. The government accepted his findings and he has ceased his annual reports on its implementation. Recognising the continued influence of the Levene work, the 2015 version of ‘How Defence Works’ remains the standard source of guidance on the UK defence machine. Most recently, in 2018, the Modernising Defence Programme was published which, when first announced, had a clear focus on management and delivery rather than policy.

In this briefing, Professor Trevor will discuss current MOD change programmes and consider whether the UK defence enterprise is as efficient and effective as might be reasonably expected.

Speaker biography

Professor Trevor Taylor is Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at RUSI, where he heads up a research programme in Defence, Industries and Society, and is a member of the Acquisition Focus group which publishes regularly in RUSI Defence Systems.

In addition, he is professor emeritus at Cranfield University, where he still teaches, and where he was head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis from 1997-2009. He also works regularly for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

His career has linked the academic sphere with that of governmental and industrial professionals in defence, and he speaks and writes regularly at conferences on defence acquisition and management. A joint author of a book on UK defence industry, he was for six years an elected Council Member of the former Defence Manufacturers' Association.

He was previously Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University and from 1990-93 was head of the International Security Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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