Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (the IR).
The review is the most comprehensive articulation of a defence, foreign and national security approach published by a British Government in decades. Building on the £24-billion multi-year settlement announced in November, defence will continue its shift to modernise our forces across sea, land, air, space, and cyberspace.
Strategic Command is at the centre of the Integrated Review, we deal with the strategic and military realities every day – from Special Forces, to those defending our digital networks, and our bases around the world.
The shift to a new way of operating – persistently engaged globally, countering sub-threshold or ‘grey zone’ threats, embracing the Information Age – is set out in the Integrated Operating Concept 2025. This is a new approach to the utility of our armed forces in an era of persistent competition and represents the most significant change in UK military thought in several generations.
Whether it is Cyber, Space, digitisation, our world-leading Science and Technology activity, or all points in-between, Strategic Command is front and centre in leading Defence’s contribution to delivering the government’s ambition and purpose, and in making the UK and its allies more secure.