The following is an extract from a Working Paper from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). http://www.rusi.org/events/ref:E4BE420B71D43A/ It quotes a "green paper" that yields nine strategic premises that confirm the proposition on world status and influence, and contribute to the central question: How much is the nation prepared to pay for defence? These are: 1. âWe are more secure today than at most times in our historyâ; ie, to have an expeditionary strategy, one has to pay way above the odds for it. 2. âThe UK has a stake in the success of the international rules-based system and should maintain an active global military role which complements our diplomatic efforts and enhances our influence on wider international developmentsâ; ie, an expeditionary strategy offering global influence is the fundamental premise of the United Kingdomâs military strategy. www.rusi.org/fdr 3 Michael coDner 3. âOur Armed Forces protect our interests. We also use our Armed Forces as a Force for Goodâ. 4. âWe must preserve the reputation of our Armed Forcesâ; ie, we must continue to honour the nationâs commitment to Afghanistan and other interventions that it undertakes with an appropriate and effective military contribution. 5. âNo relationship is more important than that with the United States and our relationship also increases our impactâ. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats differ in their interpretation of this relationship and on how it should be developed, and in the Leadersâ Debate on 23 April, Nick Clegg agreed that it was âimmensely importantâ but ânot a one-way streetâ. 6. âWe must be able to undertake evacuation operations (over 12 million British citizens live overseas10) and defence of the Overseas Territories on our ownâ; ie, an autonomous expeditionary capability that is independent of access agreements is an essential element of our force structure. 7. âNATO is essential to conventional deterrence, reasssurance, and collective defence and a robust EU role in crisis management will strengthen NATO ... Playing a leading role at the heart of Europe will strengthen our relationship with the US ... France offers the opportunity for even greater co-operationâ; ie, Britain needs reliable partners to make sense of an affordable force structure. 8. âOur economy is exceptionally open to trade with many parts of the world and relies on the free passage of goods, services and informationâ; ie, Britain must inter alia have a major influence on protection of sea lines of supply. 9. âWe have to begin the process of renewal of a minimum strategic nuclear deterrent because not to do so would effectively commit us now to unilateral disarmament.â The Liberal Democrats do not accept the need for the present replacement programme to provide Continuous-At-Sea Deterrence, but they have not advocated abolishing nuclear deterrent capability.