The new £2 billion Tempest programme aims to both keep the UK in the combat aircraft business and secure for it a place in the next major European fighter project. Initial mock-ups unveiled with the announcement give some clues about design priorities, but funding the project long term may be challenging
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.
While both the Gray report on defence acquisition and the Haddon-Cave report on the Nimrod disaster cover a similar subject, they offer very different visions for future reform in the Ministry of Defence.
Effectively starting from scratch with a force of varied backgrounds and global outlooks, the IDF underwent an unusual learning curve in its early stages, where previous experience and lessons of success were absent from the process until built up in years to come.
While the recent conflicts engaged in by the British Army have revealed successful military-media relations on the frontline, they have also underlined a significant failure to engage with the media at the political and strategic levels. During the second half of the twentieth century the strict censorship that had reached its apogee during the Second World War was relaxed. But the recent...
Chris Maughan, managing consultant at Decision Analysis Services Ltd, examines the two key procurement processes employed by the Ministry of Defence and highlights lessons to be learned from the success of the LPPV rapid procurement