What are the key debates for the Armed Forces following the Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR)?

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The results of the Government’s upcoming Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) will have an impact on the armed forces of the United Kingdom for years to come.

“My Government will fully support our courageous armed forces and undertake a full Strategic Defence and Security Review.”
- Queen’s Speech, 25 May 2010

For the first time the government attempt to join up strategic defence and national security agendas into one coherent policy.

At this time there is nothing more critical than understanding the choices and challenges that face the UK MoD as these decisions are made. The Green Paper published on 3rd February 2010 laid out some key areas that will help frame the Review:

  • Given that domestic security cannot be separated from international security, where should we set the balance between focusing on our territory and region and engaging threats at a distance? 
  • What approach should we take if we employ the Armed Forces to address threats at distance?
  • What contribution should the Armed Forces make in ensuring security and contributing to resilience within the UK?
  • How could we more effectively employ the Armed Forces in support of wider efforts to prevent conflict and strengthen international stability?
  • Do our current international defence and security relationships require rebalancing in the longer term?
  • Should we further integrate our forces with those of key allies and partners?
  • To what extent and in what areas should we continue to refocus our current efforts on Afghanistan?


These issues and more will be discussed in Defence IQ’s exclusive Webinar. Providing you with the key debates around these issues from experts within the UK Defence Community. You’ll gain an enhanced understanding of:

  • The issues facing the armed forces
  • The changing security context
  • What capabilities remain essential to our security
  • What the implications of the review might mean.

 
The SDSR will determine our direction and strategy, both for industry and military in the United Kingdom. Take the opportunity to hear the hard choices debated by our panel of experts.

Presenters:

In a 41 year naval career Sir Jeremy had four sea commands - Beachampton, Ashanti, Nottingham and Ark Royal (when he commanded the first RN Task Group off Bosnia).  Ashore he filled important staff appointments including Commandant of the Royal Navy Staff College, Director of Naval Plans, Director General Naval Personnel Strategy, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Deputy CINC Fleet and was the first Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Capability), being a key player in implementing the Smart Acquisition Initiative.

Leaving the RN in 2002, he spent three years with EADS, as UK Country President, before becoming an independent consultant. He is a Non Executive Director of Eurocopter UK and advisor to several medium and small companies.  He is a Vice President, Trustee and Associate Fellow of RUSI, Editor of The Naval Review and a frequent writer on defence (including acquisition), in many publications. 


Chris was a pilot in the Royal Air Force, with an operational background flying single-seat aircraft in the attack and recce roles. He flew Hunters in the Middle East for 2 years operating from Aden, Bahrain and Sharjah. He later flew Hunters in Germany, and Harriers as an off-base site commander in Germany. Following conversion to the Jaguar, he was a squadron commander in the UK and on regular detachments to North Norway. He also spent 3 years as a flying instructor at the RAF College Cranwell.
 
Following his time on operational flying, he worked for 11 years in the Operational Requirements branch in MoD, where he was responsible for the Harrier GR5/7, Jaguar Fly-by-Wire, Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP), and Eurofighter Typhoon. In the early days of Eurofighter Typhoon, he negotiated the operational requirement with the air staffs of the partner air forces, and for 8 years was on the 4-Nation Board of Directors.
 
Chris is a graduate of the RAF's Air Warfare Course, and the Royal Navy Staff College at Greenwich. His individual project papers won the course prize on both courses.
 
In his spare time he is a Yachtmaster Ocean sail-training skipper, instructor and examiner with the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, and the RAF Sailing Association. He was appointed CBE in 1996.
 
Since finishing his time in the Royal Air Force, Chris has worked in various roles in the defence industry — and also chairs several of the annual IQPC conferences.