What is it about?

This article examines the impact of the National Security Capability Review and Modernising Defence Programme on the UK’s existing strategic defence and security process. It assesses the appropriateness of conducting them discretely from the quinquennial Strategic Defence and Security Review process, and the consequences of undertaking them for defence reviews in the future.

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Why is it important?

The UK has a recognised quinquennial review process to consider defence and security strategy. This process drives the development of national security strategy and associated military capability decision making. Both the National Security Capability Review and the Modernising Defence Programme were reviews held outwith the standard process and this has potentially considerable implications for the development of UK strategy in the future.

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This page is a summary of: When is a Defence Review Not a Defence Review?, The RUSI Journal, February 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03071847.2019.1621482.
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