A defence industrial strategy for the UK


The paper’s premises are that, as laid out in the 2015 National Security Strategy, it is government policy to present the UK as ‘strong, influential, global’ and, as argued in the National Security Through Technology White Paper of 2012, the freedom of a country to use its armed forces as it sees fit should be recognised as related to the ‘essence of sovereignty’, that is, critical, highly important and sensitive. In addition, government has laid a formal responsibility on the MoD to promote national prosperity. With this as the policy imperative, the paper discusses the consequential need for the maintenance and development of a strong defence supply base within the UK. Recognising that no decision set is without risk, the paper highlights the risks associated with this policy stance, along with suggestions for their effective mitigation or management. This mitigation, the authors suggest, would augment current policy and practice.

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