The analysis of the Conservative’s approach to Security, Defence and Resilience been a large undertaking. It is only a high level analysis, completed in short order, hopefully readers appreciate that further analysis will be worthwhile as more information comes out of the Conservative Defence, Security and Resilience team.
The analysis is split over 10 posts
To summarise our opinion…
There are some excellent ideas, many are long overdue and others just plain common sense. It provides some assurance that an incoming Conservative government will get to grip with the security, defence and resilience issues facing the UK, many of which seem to have been relegated in importance by the Labour government or simply ignored.
Many of the suggestions amount to nothing more than fine words and platitudes that almost any party could have voiced or one might find in any security review.
It is understood that this is a green paper or statement of intent and in the run up to an election has to be seen in that context.
Other suggestions seem ill informed, naive and superficial.
The UK Armed Forces are not the paramilitary wing of Oxfam or some adjunct to a European collective and we should not be thinking in these terms.
Finally, it does not cover funding.
We all know that Private Do More with Less is going to have to get on parade.
The appendix on Afghanistan we will leave for another post.
It is also interesting to note the absence of any reporting or analysis of any substance in the mainstream media. This is an important document yet the reporting has tended to focus on the Security and Stabilisation Force proposal or the cyber defence issue.