SDSR Breakfast Briefing: NATO

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A briefing by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, set against the backdrop of the latest security challenges facing NATO and how this will impact upon UK priorities and commitments.

The UK has the second largest defence budget within the Alliance but one that could feasibly be cut below NATO's mandated level of 2% of GDP. Fiscal considerations in the coming months must take into account UK commitments to the Alliance's collective defence and ensuring NATO's credibility in the face of evolving security challenges and the geopolitical landscape. With the ongoing tensions with Russia, the UK has pledged to contribute to NATO Assurance Measures in Eastern Europe, including contributing to the Baltic Air Policing Mission later this year and leading the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in 2017.

These and other challenges, such as the need for streamlining national political decision-making processes, the importance of conventional as well as nuclear deterrence and dealing effectively with hybrid warfare and non-traditional threats to our security will be discussed during this briefing.

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE is Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He joined the 14th/20th King’s Hussars in 1980. As a junior officer he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Falkland Islands, first as a tank troop leader and Regimental Intelligence Officer, and then detached from his Regiment flying helicopters followed by a further troop-level command tour. He commanded twice at squadron-level, on armour with his Regiment and then detached with another unit, serving in Germany, the Americas and the Balkans. From 1994-1996, he commanded the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH), first providing the enemy force at the UK Armoured Training Area in Alberta, Canada, and then as Battlegroup Commander on operations in Bosnia. After command, he went on to the UK Higher Command and Staff Course, and served in Military Operations in the MOD. On promotion to Brigadier, he went to 3rd (US) Army in Kuwait, planning for Land operations in Iraq. He then became Deputy Commander of US Task Force West in the Iraq region before Commanding the UK 7th Armoured Brigade in Iraq. After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, he became a Component Director in the MoD, being promoted in post to Major General in 2007. In 2009, he took command of 1st (UK) Armoured Division based in Germany, training brigades for operations in Afghanistan. He has since attended the US Army Strategic Leadership Programme (Advanced) and the US Joint Pinnacle Course. He became Deputy Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan in late 2011 and Commander UK Land Forces in 2013. He assumed his current appointment as DSACEUR in March 2014. He has degrees in Agriculture (BSc Hons, Reading University 1979), Defence Studies (MA, King’s College London, 1991) and International Relations (MA, King’s College London, 2005). He has also been a Visiting Defence Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University (2011).

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Tea, coffee and pastries served from 0800. The event commences at 0830.

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