In this report the Defence Committee argues that the capabilities of HM Forces should be determined not by budgetary constraints but by a fully-developed strategy which defines the position in the world that the UK wants to adopt. The report urges the government to produce a comprehensive national security strategy in the first place and let that document, along with the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), direct the next Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The allocation of resources will be based on national spending priorities set to meet the nation's security needs. There is a danger of defence becoming a matter of discretionary spending. Decisions about the expeditionary capability that the UK retains must be based on proper strategic decision making about the UK's place in the world and not simply flow from the qhorse-tradingq that surrounds the CSR process. The report points to a lack of understanding amongst the public of why we have Armed Forces. General sympathy and support for the Armed Forces must not obscure a hard-headed understanding of what they are for. The process of producing the next Defence and Security Review is the opportunity to engage the public in understanding the future of the Armed Forces. The Committee has very real concerns about the focus that will be given to the number of asymmetric security threats to the UK, such as from terrorism or cyber attack. The Government must think more strategically about the resilience of the country's critical infrastructure and recovery following an attack.You are very good at writing papers in response to reviews, but, with respect, I would suggest that you are less good at acting as a ... It was extremely generous and helpful of you to suggest the things that we need to doaa 2, 000-word essay anbsp;...
|Title||:||House of Commons - Defence Committee: Towards the Next Defence and Security Review: Part One - HC 197|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Defence Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2014-01-07|