The focus of Labour’s defence policy is the protection of our citizens and interests at home and overseas. The context in which we undertake this challenge is changing dramatically. This is a defining moment for defence policy. New and emerging threats, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the financial crisis, growing interdependence and changing attitudes to expeditionary policy are among the many factors contributing to what is by consensus a transformative security landscape.
The Arab Spring is the tip of the iceberg of the change we are likely to experience over the next decade. Britain needs a new defence strategy consistent with financial circumstances but also with strategic context. It must be flexible and agile, with new and wide-ranging capabilities. It must prioritise coalition-building, be attuned to the threats and trends of the future and co-ordinate defence with development and diplomacy. We hope this Shadow Defence Review today will help us to develop a long-term vision for UK defence policy shaped around these priorities.
We very much hope you will contribute to this work and take the time to share with us your expertise and insights into the issues raised in the consultation paper, which can be found below.
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The consultation is divided into three parts:
Part 1: The Threat Environment
Part 1 will analyse the strategic threat environment in which defence policy is being made and must respond to. We will seek to provide an analytical basis to support future strategic judgements in the area of defence policy. We will conduct a key assumptions check on the Government’s own assessment of the forward threat environment as well as identifying what we consider to be the immediate, principal threats facing the UK which should be the focus of our security strategy. Click here to learn more.
Part 2: The Foundations of Labour’s Response
Part 2 will set out and test the values and principles that underpin our approach to defence. It will also assess how we ought to work with others on the international stage in the area of defence and how defence and military instruments can most effectively be integrated with other levers of policy to achieve maximum effect. Click here to learn more.
Part 3: The Military We Need
Part 3 will look at the key policy areas and capability fields which must be Labour’s focus as we seek an equipment programme able to respond to world events. This will analyse the impact of the Government’s defence review. Part 3 will be the key conclusions drawn from the work of parts 1 and 2 to provide a clear sense of our thinking on future force structures. Click here to learn more.
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