While the changing character of war is writ large in the Defence Command Paper, its enduring nature is not; war remains a human endeavour. In a competitive age, Defence’s preparedness to win the war for talent remains uncertain.
The new Royal Navy force structure and commitments announced in the Defence Command Paper should create a force broadly suitable for the foreign policy aims laid out in the Integrated Review. However, the second order implications may create problems in future.
If the Biden Administration wishes to broker peace in Yemen it needs to reconcile its contradictory policies towards the country and recognise that offensive military action is a necessary component to meaningful negotiation.
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 two ISTAR types are expensive but remain some of the most operationally relevant and flexible capabilities in the equipment plan, with a vital role to play in support of the RAF and the wider joint force in both high-intensity warfighting and ongoing low-intensity mission sets.
At this 'in-conversation' event with Elisabeth Braw, James Vickers, Chairman, Willis Re International, will discuss the growing issue of insurance gaps, which is leaving countries exposed to enormous...