This one might have slipped under the radar but an illuminating look into how the British Army now sees its role in upstream engagement and conflict prevention.
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General Sir Peter Wall discussed how the British Army is changing as it withdraws from Afghanistan and looks to future challenges. He described in particular how the British Army’s renewed focus on ‘defence engagement’ with partner nations is designed to help prevent conflict and build regional security and stability, and how this fits into the wider UK government approach.
He argued that the army is well placed to support this change in emphasis – with a long history of working with principal UK allies to build military capability and with partner nations to develop their security capacity. He outlined how this role supports UK overseas interests and counters threats to the United Kingdom, and reflected on how it fits within the wider transformation of the British Army.