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UK naval forces have stepped up anti-piracy operations and the use of force in the Indian Ocean. This could, however, signal an escalation and lead to a more dangerous phase in the battle against Somali pirates.
On Friday 30 September 2011, the Royal Navy announced large personnel cuts as part of the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review. Dr Lee Willett analyses the implications.
Stephan De Spiegeleire
Western defence ministries are getting better at capability-based planning. But they need to do more.