The final communique of NATO’s Brussels summit pledges Allies to ‘continue to respond to the deteriorated security environment by enhancing our deterrence and defence posture’. But developing NATO’s deterrence strategy against a range of current threats needs a more comprehensive approach, as evidenced by the current debates in the UK.
If boldness, cunning and guile are the hallmarks of successful British military contributions that have allowed the UK Armed Forces to develop a reputation for excellence, then these might be the facets that need investment in the MDP, not simply new equipment.
Advances in bionic prosthesis technology may enable civilians with loss-of-limb related injuries or hereditary disorders to serve in the military because they are likely to be capable of meeting or exceeding physical requirements
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter remains a source of controversy and polarising performance claims. While problems with both the aircraft and the programme remain, there are no competing solutions that offer anything approaching the current or upcoming capabilities of the F-35 in contested airspace.