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The Strategic Defence and Security Review was announced by the newly formed Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of the United Kingdom in May 2010, and published on 19 October 2010.[1] The previous major review of United Kingdom defence posture was the Strategic Defence Review, published in 1998, updated in 2003 by the Delivering Security in a Changing World white paper.

As well as wishing to see an updated security policy, both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties wanted the £38 billion overspend in the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) procurement budget addressed.[2] Given that this coincided with the new government being committed to deficit reduction, the Treasury asked the MOD to prepare options for a 10–20% real terms reduction in its budget.[3] However, the final figure was an 7.7% reduction over four years.[4]



RAF: Strategic Defence and Security Review

The SDSR will be based on a new National Security Strategy (NSS) currently being developed. The strategy will define the UK's interests - for example in security and prosperity - and consider the international and domestic threats to those interests. It will then set the UK's priorities in addressing those threats, and implications for our organisation and capabilities across government. Preparation of the new National Security Strategy will effectively be the first step towards a coherent, well-founded SDSR. Discussions on the NSS are already well-advanced. For the MOD, the NSS and SDSR will ensure that the resources for our Armed Force are matched to our foreign policy requirements so that they have what they need to do what we ask of them, and that the Defence Budget is spent as efficiently, effectively and economically as possible. The Defence Secretary is clear that the SDSR is an opportunity for radical thinking. All defence programmes will need to demonstrate their relevance and value for money. There will inevitably be reductions in some areas in order to enhance others. The review will report in the autumn, coinciding with the outcome of the Spending Review


SDSR 2015 Rumour Mill

This is an open post to that will be kept updated in the coming months running-up to the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) due in October 2015. It seems almost certain there will be yet another round of cuts to the defence budget, whatever government is elected in May and it will be neither ‘strategic’ or improve our defence capability.

Choosing from an unpleasant menu of cuts

If you are Admiral Zambellas contemplating the governments’ mad axe men and being forced to make cuts to meet arbitrary budget targets, what could he consider offering up? All cuts are unappealing but what will cause least damage while saving most money?

  • Decommission 1 or 2 of the older Type 23 frigates – saves approx £30M per ship per year running cost and would at least temporarily help ease the manpower crisis. Would put more pressure on the already over-worked escort fleet but would be politically attractive in the long run as a smaller existing frigate force can be used to justify smaller Type 26 frigate numbers.
  • Decommission up to 3 mine warfare vessels – small cuts the low-profile mine warfare capability can be made without attracting too many embarrassing headlines and it’s been happening for years anyway. The RN’s minehunters which can deal with the ‘IEDs of the sea’ are world-renowned and we are investing in port facilities in Bahrain to support such vessels.
  • HMS Albion refit halted and HMS Bulwark put in reserve. Would make significant savings but would emasculate the UK amphibious capability. Axing the RN’s flagship without replacement could be politically embarrassing.
  • Put RFA Mounts Bay into permanent reserve – she has already been alongside for sometime lacking sufficient engineers to put to sea. If we are giving up on serious amphibious capability anyway…
  • Decommission RFA Orangeleaf, Black Rover & Gold Rover immediately – these 3 vessels are due to go out of service soon anyway. Some small savings maybe made by ending the Rovers careers right away and not sending Orangeleaf back to sea.
  • Close HMS Sultan – Narrowly avoided at the last SDSR. Potentially Sultan’s marine engineering training roles could be moved to another MoD site although relocation costs would be considerable, the land might make a few quid if sold for housing.
  • Close Britannia Royal Naval College – Another persistent rumour. Putting all the armed forces officer training on one homogenous site might save some money but would badly undermine centuries of naval tradition, ethos and success which Dartmouth fosters. The iconic naval college would make a lovely hotel or health spa…

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Work begins on nation’s next major def
ence review

Work has begun on a major review of the UK’s defences to ensure the country ‘remains a leader on the world stage’.

The government pledged to do ‘whatever is necessary to ensure that our courageous armed forces can keep Britain safe’ as they embark on fresh plans to respond to global threats.

Following the last SDSR in 2010, regular army numbers were cut significantly and the number of reservists was increased.

Ministers are under pressure to meet Nato targets that require countries to spend 2% of national income on defence and to deal with increased threats from Russia and Islamic State in strategic planning.

The review will ensure Britain has the "networks necessary to promote our interests" and maintain "world-leading" armed forces, intelligence agencies, police and diplomatic capabilities, the Government said.

At least £160 billion is being invested in military equipment over the next decade, it added.

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