The UK and France mark a decade since the signature of bilateral treaties designed to tighten their defence and security cooperation. There have been many achievements, but quite a few disappointments as well.
The coronavirus pandemic has jeopardised the UK's planned Comprehensive Spending Review. While an interim review might seem justified, key decisions on major defence projects cannot be postponed for long.
The future of the UK government’s Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is now uncertain. In its absence, the government should consider issuing a top-level policy paper which defines a vision for the UK’s role in the world, but not until spring or summer 2021.
The British Army is evolving – adapting to both domestic realities and emerging threats – but its unique role remains constant, delivering strategic land power projection to enhance national security...