Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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The RUSI survey's key findings are:

1.       The UK now has a strategy for its national security that is appropriate to the geopolitical challenges the country faces.
31% (485 respondents) agreed with the statement, 59% (908 respondents) disagreed and 10% (150 respondents) were undecided.

2.        The senior military leadership should have a greater role in the development of strategy for security and defence and to protect the national interests of the United Kingdom.
69% (1070) agreed, 22% (344) disagreed and 9% (129) didn't know.

3.       The Libya campaign will increase the political willingness to engage in comparable interventions in the future.
56% (871) agreed, 30% (452) disagreed and 14% (220) were undecided.

4.       Experience of the Libya campaign validated the equipment and capability changes set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
12% (186) agreed, 74% (1143) disagreed and 14% (214) were undecided.

5.        The Government should stick to its commitment to withdraw all UK combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014, whatever the conditions on the ground.
44% (685) agreed, 49% (752) disagreed and 7% (106) didn't know.

6.       The Ministry of Defence has done well in handling the resource constraints under this Government.
35% (535) agreed, 45% (699) disagreed and 20% (309) didn't know.

7.       The implementation of the recommendations of the Defence Reform Unit (the Levene Review) is likely to improve the management of defence resources.
35% (545) agreed, 19% (287) disagreed and 46% (711) didn't know.

8.       The Government's approach to the defence industry and procurement will assure access to necessary defence capabilities.
17% (265) agreed, 54% (835) disagreed and 29% (443) were undecided.

9.       The need for a carrier strike capability has become more apparent since last year's Strategic Defence and Security Review.
68% (1059) agreed, 24% (363) disagreed and 8% (121) were undecided.

10.   The UK should invest more resources in the enabling capabilities necessary for independent operations, even if this reduces the size of deployable forces.
57% (878) agreed, 32% (497) disagreed and 11% (168) didn't know.

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