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UK rolls the dice with Integrated Review

31st March 2021 - 14:30 GMT | by The Clarence in London


A British Army soldier on a NATO training course in Poland, March 2020. The Integrated Review reaffirms the UK’s commitment to the NATO alliance. (Photo: US Army/Sgt Timothy Hamlin)

The Integrated Review is certainly ambitious in its scope but how realistic is it?

The UK government launched its long-awaited Integrated Review (IR) earlier this month. This landmark document, released in two parts on 16 and 22 March,  intends to set out the next 10 years of UK national security strategy.

Part 1 sets out the cross-government strategy, while the MoD Command Paper provides more detail on the armed forces' role in delivering this strategy.

The main outcome is a vision which — on paper at least — aspires to do three quite different things and which may place significant strain on already stretched budgets and forces.

The UK wishes to lead in NATO,

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