Preserving the Body of Knowledge of the UK's Defence and Aerospace sector
2015 will see the UK go to the polls in May. The outcome of the election is unclear, as opinion polls give no major party a clear lead. Predictions of the result range from another coalition to a short term minority government holding a further election in the autumn. The outcome is important for the UK's defence sector, as 2015 is also the year another Strategic Defence and Security Review is due. Decisions taken under either economic or political pressures could have implications far beyond the 5 year period of the next SDSR, or of the next Comprehensive Spending Review. Sir Brian Burridge, the Vice President Defence in the trade association ADS, expressed his concerns in a recent interview with Nick Watts Deputy Director General of the UK Defence Forum, and Editor of its recently published collection of interviews on startegic perspectives.
"The UK's influence in the world and its seat at the 'top table' has traditionally been a blend of our diplomatic capability, our economic capability and our military capability. In that respect we are still regarded as a first division player, the only premier league player is the United States. In European NATO only two countries can deploy significant force; ourselves and France." This position derives from a deep understanding in the UK of how best to use the military instrument effectively. Sir Brian defines this as 'The Body of Knowledge".