If UK defence is to achieve the levels of coordination required to meet the aspirations of the Integrated Review, a bold reorganisation of the current command structure and supporting systems is required. If successfully carried out, such a reorganisation could bring significant benefits across government.
Three former senior officials deeply involved in managing the UK’s defences comment on the country’s latest Integrated Review, Defence Command Paper and the newly-released Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.
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.
As the UK considers an engagement strategy with the Indo-Pacific after Brexit, the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative offers a chance to build a free-trade bloc amongst ‘like-minded nations’ and deepen strategic ties in the region.
Realising a new approach to Beijing following the Integrated Review will require policymakers to acknowledge the significant historical baggage that comes with policy design in this area. Avoiding these pitfalls will be integral to ensuring a clear-eyed strategy for China.