If the Integrated Review is to succeed, the government will need to demonstrate through actions, rather than words, that it is able to coordinate interdepartmental activities and support key programmes.
The need to build national resilience against acute shocks and longer-term threats is acknowledged in the UK government’s latest policy review. Diverting resources to this purpose is now the real challenge.
The UK’s National Risk Register ought to be more than a list of bad things which can happen to us. To learn the lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, it needs to be anchored in an improved risk management system which uses empowered analysis to anticipate – and therefore reduce – shocks.
The leading military historian of his generation, Sir Michael Howard’s influence on the development of the discipline of strategic studies is unquestioned. Awarded the military cross for his service...