The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy will define the government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade.
News Release, Whitehall, 14 September 2020: The UK’s departure from the European Union is an opportunity to define and strengthen our place in the world at a time when the global landscape is changing dramatically, including as a result of COVID-19.
To achieve this, the Government has launched the Integrated Review, an ambitious initiative which will:
- define the Government’s ambition for the UK’s role in the world and the long-term strategic aims for our national security and foreign policy
- set out the way in which the UK will be a problem-solving and burden-sharing nation
- set a strong direction for recovery from COVID-19, at home and overseas, so that together we can ‘build back better’.
The Review will cover all aspects of international and national security policy, such as defence, diplomacy, development and national resilience.
The Integrated Review is being led by the Prime Minister with the National Security Council, and is a whole-of-government effort with colleagues from across Departments, including Defence, contributing. The guiding principle of the Integrated Review is to ask ourselves what the threat is and whether we have the capability to meet it.
Editor’s Comment: In response to these two questions, we could probably have saved HMG a small fortune if they had only asked us first as many of the threats faced are so obvious that a blind burglar with his balaclava on backwards could see them on even the darkest night and it is equally obvious that so much UK Armed Forces equipment is now approaching obsolescence and manning levels have been paired back so far that capability to meet even current potential conventional threats looks highly questionable. We therefore await the outcome of yet another Security and Defence Review (to which Development and Foreign Policy have now been added to the pot) with barely bated breath.