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COMMENTARY – UNITED KINGDOM COASTAL SECURITY AND BORDER INTEGRITY

COMMENTARY – UNITED KINGDOM COASTAL SECURITY AND BORDER INTEGRITY

COASTAL SECURITY AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH – BY Lt Cdr David Graham RN (Retd)

DefenceSynergia (DS) produced an immediate response to calls for the UK to beef up its Coastal Security [http://www.defencesynergia.co.uk/parliamentary-and-government-disconnect-desire-versus-reality/] in the wake of media and political discontent following emerging evidence that illegal immigration into UK through a porous and undefended coastline was on the increase. In that DS commentary we supported the case for the Royal Navy (and other service manpower and assets) to assist the Border Agency with Military Aid to the Civil Authority (MACA) in line with published National Security Strategy (NSS) stated policy in relation to coastal and border security. The DS position being to hold Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) to its own policy on coastal security, but with appropriate funding and personnel and resources that have, thus far, fallen far short of the requirement. (more…)

British Principles of War – Are They Applied in 21st Century UK Defence Policy and Planning?

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz Author of On War- (Portrait while in Prussian service, by Karl Wilhelm Wach)

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz Author of On War- (Portrait while in Prussian service, by Karl Wilhelm Wach)

This DS Commentary covers the ‘Principles of War’ as applied to UK 21st Century Defence Output. It is written as a personal view with inputs from within DS. It is by necessity short and therefore only briefly covers some of the ground that a comprehensive paper might include.

However, it has become clear to DS that there is a growing disconnect in UK Defence rhetoric versus realisable capability and that this disconnect may in part be apportioned to a worrying trend in paying lip service to UK Doctrine, as taught on Staff Courses. In this case, we have selected 5 of the 10 Principles of War – Selection and Maintenance of the Aim; Maintenance of Morale; Concentration of Force; Economy of Effort and Sustainability – as illustrative of the problem. In the final analysis, posing the question, can the Chiefs of Staff genuinely speak truth unto power?

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JLF

Decline and Fall 2016

DS is pleased to post the opinion piece from Professor Dr Julian Lindley-French

“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security.  They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom.  When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

Edward Gibbon “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (more…)

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UK Defence Procurement in the 21st Century

‘DS has long held the view that UK Defence Procurement in the 21st Century requires a total review and revamp. In view of the PM’s intention to introduce a National Industrial Strategy, and recent papers by Bernard Jenkin MP on the requirements of Modern Defence Procurement and another sponsored by Lord Sterling (through Kings College London) on similar lines, now seems a good time for DS to publish its updated views on UK Defence Procurement.’

Final DS paper – Defence Procurement for the 21st Century-Final

 

 

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