Military Capabilities

UK must cut single service duplication, says armed forces minister

08 February 2018

The United Kingdom’s armed forces minister has provided the first details of the main thrusts for the Conservative government’s newly launched defence review.

In addition to revealing the major workstreams and a drive to increase efficiency by removing duplication between the three services, Mark Lancaster, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, also insisted that there was no presumption that the review outcome should be "fiscally neutral”.

Addressing the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on 6 February, Lancaster said the decision to launch the Modernising Defence Programme less than three years after the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) reflected a worsening security situation, and dramatic changes in the United Kingdom’s political and economic outlook in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

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