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External crises may prompt revision of Integrated Review, Command Paper (Opinion)

26th September 2022 - 09:45 GMT | by Rear Adm (ret) Jon Pentreath in London

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Russian troops in Ukraine. The invasion launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2022 is likely to affect UK defence and security planning. (Photo: TASS)

While the Integrated Review was broadly correct in some of its assumptions, events in Ukraine have challenged the thinking behind cuts to UK capability.

Published in March 2021, the Integrated Review (IR) sets out the UK’s defence and security strategy for the future. It was closely followed by the Defence Command Paper (DCP) and the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy. Collectively, they described a shift from “mass” to smaller, lighter forces forward deployed around the globe, equipped with digitised, high-tech weaponry and able to counter the range of threats in a multi-polar and complex world.

Since the IR was published, there have been two hugely significant security events: the fall of the Afghan Government to the Taliban, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These

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Rear Adm (ret) Jon Pentreath

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Following a long and decorated career as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy that …

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