What is strategic defence?

As some of the grown ups are actually crayoning over the CVF thread, I thought I would ask the question.

What do you understand by Strategic Defence? Are the obsolete panzers strategic? The CVF? Trident? Our Cyber Warfare ability? Below are the guidelines laid out in the SDSR 2010

My deluded thoughts:
National security tasks and planning guidelines
We will:
1. Identify and monitor national security risks and opportunities. To deliver this we require:
• a coordinated approach to early warning and horizon scanning
• strategic intelligence on potential threats to national security and opportunities for the UK to act
• coordinated analysis and assessment of the highest priorities
• investment in technologies to support the gathering of communications data vital for national
security and law enforcement
• intelligence assets to support the core military, diplomatic and domestic security and resilience
requirements set out below, and our economic prosperity.

No comment
2. Tackle at root the causes of instability. To deliver this we require:
• an efective international development programme making the optimal contribution to national
security within its overall objective of poverty reduction, with the Department for International
Development focussing signiicantly more efort on priority national security and fragile states
• civilian and military stabilisation capabilities that can be deployed early together to help countries
avoid crisis or deal with conlict
• targeted programmes in the UK, and in countries posing the greatest threat to the UK, to stop
people becoming terrorists.

So how often in the last four years have we had the ability to deliver capability to other States to avoid crisis or deal with conflict? I understand we have helped the French. We delivered some ordinance in Libya, although some of our... people on the ground... ran into trouble.
And stopping people becoming terrorists... well.
3. Exert inluence to exploit opportunities and manage risks. To deliver this we require:
• a Diplomatic Service that supports our key multilateral and bilateral relationships and the
obligations that come from our status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a
leading member of NATO, the EU and other international organisations
• a Foreign and Commonwealth Oice-led global overseas network that focuses on safeguarding
the UK’s national security, building its prosperity, and supporting UK nationals around the world
• coordinated cross-government efort overseas to build the capacity of priority national security
and fragile states to take increasing responsibility for their own stability
• strategic military power projection to enhance security, deter or contain potential threats, and
support diplomacy.

Initial thoughts are that the objective is at risk with regard the EU - we are loosing influence rapidly.
Should Afghanistan be a ''priority national security and fragile states'' should we wait with baited breath?
4. Enforce domestic law and strengthen international norms to help tackle those who threaten
the UK and our interests, including maintenance of underpinning technical expertise in key
areas. To deliver this we require:
• law enforcement capability to investigate and where possible bring to justice terrorists and the
most seriously harmful organised criminal groups impacting on the UK
• continuous development of the rules-based international system
• stronger multilateral approaches for countering proliferation and securing issile material and
expertise from malicious use
• retention of our chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear science and technology capabilities
that contribute to counter-proliferation and our response to the potential use of such materials
by terrorist or state actors.

Our continued reaction to the ECHR might just be undermining our influence...
Protect the UK and our interests at home, at our border and internationally, to address
physical and electronic threats from state and non-state sources. To deliver this we require:
• a minimum efective nuclear deterrent
• secure borders
• security and intelligence services and police counter-terrorism capability to disrupt life-threatening
terrorist threats to the UK
• military capabilities to help protect the UK from major terrorist attack
• an independent ability to defend the Overseas Territories militarily
• investment in new and lexible capabilities such as cyber to meet emerging risks and threats.

4 years on, are our borders secure? Electronically?
Could we defend Overseas Territories militarily with independence?
Can we defend from cyber hacking?
Help resolve conlicts and contribute to stability. Where necessary, intervene overseas, including
the legal use of coercive force in support of the UK’s vital interests, and to protect our overseas
territories and people. To deliver this we require:
• an integrated approach to building stability overseas, bringing together better diplomatic,
development, military and other national security tools
• Armed Forces capable of both stabilisation and intervention operations

Syrian conflict has not been resolved and the debacle in Iraq and ongoing issues in Afghanistan do not support this aim. Kenya is raising its head too.
Are the armed forces still capable of stablisation and intervention if as SOI states, we will be left with two HVTs as other assets are... ahem... retired.
7. Provide resilience for the UK by being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to recover
from shocks and to maintain essential services. To deliver this we require:
• security and resilience of the infrastructure most critical to keeping the country running
(including nuclear facilities) against attack, damage or destruction
• crisis management capabilities able to anticipate and respond to a variety of major domestic
emergencies and maintain the business of government
• resilient supply and distribution systems for essential services
• efective, well organised local response to emergencies in the UK, building on the capabilities of
local responders, businesses and communities
• enhanced central government and Armed Forces planning, coordination and capabilities to help
deal with the most serious emergencies.

The floods spring to mind as well as the severing of the railway to one of our major ports...
8. Work in alliances and partnerships wherever possible to generate stronger responses.
To deliver this we require:
• collective security through NATO as the basis for territorial defence of the UK, and stability of our
European neighbourhood, as well as an outward-facing EU that promotes security and prosperity
• our contribution to international military coalitions to focus on areas of comparative national
advantage valued by key allies, especially the United States, such as our intelligence capabilities and
highly capable elite forces
• greater sharing of military capabilities, technologies and programmes, and potentially more
specialisation, working with key allies, including France, and based on appropriate formal
guarantees where necessary
• a Defence Industrial and Technology policy that seeks to secure the independence of action we
need for our Armed Forces, while allowing for increased numbers of of-the-shelf purchases and
greater promotion of defence exports.

The promotion of our special forces seems reasonable - they seem to be recognised as capable operators.
Collective security through NATO - how many nations still spend less than 2%
The nonsense that is T26 procurement is hurting UK industry export potential. Type 45 is always described as world beating and yet no export orders

So what are our Strategic assets? T45? CVF? Panzers?
And as an aside with the Americans spying on the Germans - who is spying on the Americans spying on the British and therefore making some of our politicians and others pliable towards American views... Just asking.

Don't crayon.


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