A question of power


In A Question of Power, Policy Exchange sets out the case for the establishment of a new MoD Office of Net Assessment, based on the highly successful 45-year-old US model, to facilitate a restoration of British strategy-making capacity and to deal with first-order defence questions. Net assessment is a framework for the strategic analysis of military balances. It measures the hard power of nations in relation to each other, rather than each on its own terms. This kind of analysis, projected over the long term, helps support more effective defence policies in conditions of military–strategic competition. Such a capability is urgently required today in view of the highly competitive nature of global geopolitics.

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