The forthcoming Integrated Review (IR) of Foreign Policy, Defence, Security and International Development is the best opportunity in a generation to create a step-change in our approach to national security.
In the five years since the last Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) the global security environment has shifted significantly. The approaches of state and non-state adversaries are stretching our traditional security apparatus beyond their original purpose; political and societal tensions are testing long standing alliances and unions; environmental degradation is biting, with larger segments of society now demanding action; and, between them, Russia and China pose multiple ideological, economic and geopolitical questions.
While the UK’s Fusion approach, launched as part of the 2018 National Security Capability Review, anticipated some of these shifts, progress has been limited. Inertia and competing demands, from EU Exit to COVID-19, have pushed its implementation to the margins.
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