DefenceSynergia Input for the House of Commons Defence Select Committee Planning Assumptions, Funding and Capability in a Post Covid-19 World

DefenceSynergia (DS) is concerned about the potential economic effect of Covid-19 on United Kingdom (UK) Defence funding which has the most immediate impact on the Readiness, Responsiveness, Resilience, Regeneration and Capacity (R4C) of our Armed Forces. DS feels it wholly appropriate to provide this post-COVID-19 brief ahead of any proposed parliamentary inquiries. (more…)

Military Experience and Covid-19 

Military Experience and Covid-19 

 

DefenceSynergia (DS) has been consistent in its message to Government that for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces to be cohesive and fit for purpose five principal areas must be defined and funded: Readiness, Responsiveness, Resilience, Regeneration and Capacity (R4C). Failure to do so risks incoherence and reduced military effectiveness that would undermine flexibility of reaction and perhaps even the basis of any meaningful response. (more…)

March 2020 NATO report – ‘Science and Technology Trends 2020 to 2040

DefenceSynergia (DS) is pleased to publish a March 2020 NATO report – ‘Science and Technology Trends 2020 to 2040. We wonder if it is not a warning too – a compendium of potential ‘Threats’ for NATO to match or master.
DS would argue that HMG’s oft-quoted mantra that quality not quantity is the way ahead is nothing but a ‘paper tiger’ when our principal potential protagonists (China and Russia) not only field greater military ‘quantity’ but, in some areas a ‘qualitative’ technological edge. For example, The advent of operational Hypersonic Missile Technology is, we believe, a potential game-changer, albeit DS recognises that there are other Defence Analysts who challenge this theory and some Government Ministers who prefer not to discuss it for fear of letting the ‘funding’ genii out of the well-corked bottle.

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SIPRI Global Military Expenditure in 2019 – Data published April 2020

DefenceSynergia welcomes the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) latest report on Global Military Spending for 2019 dated April 2020. Observers of United Kingdom defence spending will be interested to note that SIPRI now show (Table 1 page 2) that the UK has fallen from 7th place in 2018 to 8th in 2019, below France 6th and Germany 7th. This is at odds with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) reported data. In explaining this anomaly SIPRI say this ( Box 1 page 8):

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