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Talking point – UK defence: what would you do?

 

Imagine you are the Secretary of State for Defence and tell us what your UK defence forces would look like.

The UK is faced with some tough choices on defence this year – a Strategic Defence Review has been promised by all major political parties after the General Election this spring. The defence budget is expected to take a big hit to safeguard the National Health Service, education and social security. So, what would you do to bring about around £6 billion of saving?

Imagine you are the Secretary of State for Defence and tell us what your UK defence forces should look like, assuming there are just three political constraints: 1, we must maintain a nuclear deterrence; 2, we must maintain an adequate air defence of the UK; 3, we will be committed to Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.

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