Military Capabilities

UK launches new defence review

25 January 2018

A new defence review is to be launched by the United Kingdom after London decided to separate work on defence spending from a previously announced study of national security capabilities.

A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the decision on 23 January after a meeting of the National Security Council involving senior government ministers.

The new review, dubbed the Modernising Defence Programme, is to be run by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). A ministry spokesman told Jane’s it was expected that “the headline findings would be done by the summer”.

Only last summer the UK government launched its National Security Capability Review (NSCR) to help balance spending on defence, security, and intelligence agencies, counter-terrorist policing, and cyber security with available budgets.

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