The 50th anniversary of the day that British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland offers an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Operation Banner, and whether the security forces contributed to the troubles or prevented them.
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.
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.
22 November 2016 - Lord Hennessy and Dr James Jinks were today named as the latest recipients of its annual prize recognising the best book that makes a notable and original contribution to the study...