Securing support advantage: the transformation of defence support

Think tank: RUSI

Author(s): Air Commodore (Ret’d) Andrew Curtis OBE

September 1, 2021

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at the significant challenges facing UK Defence Support.

Defence Support is facing significant challenges. These include making good some considerable legacy support issues, implementing lessons identified from the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and tackling outcomes from the Integrated Review. If left unaddressed, these problems will continue to expose Defence to the risk of lacking resilience, being inefficient and ineffective, and unable to match the capabilities of peer adversaries in the future. This paper explores these challenges, highlights the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) plans to overcome them, and discusses reasons why these plans may succeed and why they may fail.