High-tech, low cunning: moving towards the sharp end of the Integrated Review

Now we see the defence part of the Integrated Review. It reveals a series of big ambitions based on a faith in British science and technology and not a little low cunning to make it all work. Michael Clarke offers an update on the way the Armed Forces will be expected to fit into the …

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The Integrated Review: Does Boris Have the Courage to be Boring?

‘National Strategy’ is about making big decisions and the Prime Minister is set to launch a series of them. We are promised they will be big decisions –‘eye-popping’ said one insider. Some observers are suspicious that there will be too much ‘Brexit ideology’ behind them; others argue that they are long-overdue. Michael Clarke begins a …

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Cromwell’s Ghost: Will the Integrated Review Give Britain a New Model Army?

When all the different parts of the Integrated Review are finally published, they will point towards the creation of a ‘New Model Army’ for Britain. But will it be a model in the ‘exemplar’ sense; or more like the ‘Airfix’ sense?  Michael Clarke describes the challenge. Cromwell’s New Model Army only lasted 15 years, from …

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Reflecting Reality: The Chief of Defence Staff’s Vision for Security

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, delivered a speech this week that laid down some big challenges; to our adversaries, our allies and to our own Government. Any CDS can be relied on to ‘stay on message’ and in this case he certainly did. But he was also holding up a mirror …

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Cash Before Strategy: Defence in the Integrated Review

By @MikeClarke2020s The Chancellor and the Treasury pulled a fast one on the Prime Minister and No.10 when it cancelled the three-year Comprehensive Spending Review in favour of last week’s interim one-year settlement. It looked as if the Ministry of Defence would be the big loser. And the famous ‘Integrated Review’ of all Britain’s external …

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As The Virus Mutates, So Will Vaccine Nationalism

By @HelenRamscar Encouraging data released from the Pfizer[1], Moderna[2] and Oxford University[3] vaccine trials have hit headlines worldwide. Yet indications of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant named 20A.EU1[4], which originated in Spanish farms and spread successfully across Europe, followed by confirmation that a SARS-CoV-2 mutation found in mink in Denmark has transmitted into humans in no fewer …

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