This Occasional Paper examines how the Royal Navy can leverage the potential of its Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers in the context of a strategic environment characterised by persistent competition.
The recent announcement that all US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will carry hypersonic weapons for conventional prompt strike missions raises important questions regarding both the CONOPS guiding conventional prompt strike and the specific value of hypersonics for this mission set
The importance of space to the UK’s national security, military and international relationships means it should be a key issue in the upcoming Integrated Review. However, a shift in thinking on activities in this environment is needed to ensure that the right questions are being asked.
It is easy to view the incident as a singular calamity. In reality, it is the result of systemic factionalism, greed and incompetence on the part of the Lebanese government. Until that is addressed, it will not be the last tragedy to befall the country.