in Defence / Security / Events

MoD leads cross-Government review into UK’s defence and security industrial strategy

Posted 5 March 2020 · Add Comment

A review that will revitalise the UK’s defence and security industrial sectors and improve productivity has been launched.



Above: Defence Minister Jeremy Quin's keynote speech at King's College London.
Images courtesy MoD / Crown copyright


The review will identify how the Government can take a more strategic approach to ensure competitive, innovative and world-class defence and security industries. It will also suggest how defence in particular might better drive investment and prosperity across the UK.

The Ministry of Defence will lead a cross-government team, engaging closely with industry, Parliament, and other stakeholders over the course of the review. The findings will feed into the broader Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development that the Government is currently conducting.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Our relationship with industry is crucial to maintaining the UK’s position as a Tier 1 military power. The review will ensure we are in the best position to support industry whilst guaranteeing the most advanced, world-leading capabilities for our Armed Forces."



Many of the UK’s defence and security companies are going from strength to strength, but there are a range of challenges for the future. The review will examine the way industry is being impacted by the pace of technological change, the need for innovation and partnership, and increased competition from abroad, alongside the difficulty of ensuring that we have the necessary skills. The review will then consider how these challenges are addressed and how the Government can maximise potential opportunities.

The defence and security industry employs hundreds of thousands of people - including thousands of apprentices – across the UK. From building warships in Scotland and armoured vehicles in Wales, to manufacturing aircraft in England and satellites in Northern Ireland. The MOD invested £19.2 billion into industry, commerce and employment in the last year.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: "The UK defence and security industries play a crucial role in maintaining our global influence and relationships with allies, as well as supporting employment and economic growth across the country.

"The review will explore the role of the defence and security sectors in ensuring that we have the right capabilities for safeguarding our national security whilst driving prosperity and innovation across all parts of the United Kingdom."

The country's industries are also at the forefront of technology development in creating new ways to prevent and defend against terrorism and serious organised crime. Also, on the international stage, UK defence and security companies play a crucial role in maintaining the UK’s global influence, underpinning our strategic partnerships with key allies.

The analysis undertaken as part of the review will inform findings of the broader Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, which will be taking place in parallel.


Footnote: A Written Ministerial Statement has been laid in Parliament



 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Ultra Electronics installs first S2150 Hull Mount Sonar on Type 23 frigate HMS Portland

HMS Portland becomes the first ship to be fitted with Ultra’s next generation Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150 as part of a wider refit to the Royal Navy’s frigates.

Air League calls for measures to secure future of UK aviation and aerospace

The Air League has called for measures to secure the long term future of the UK's aviation and aerospace sectors, as nationally significant industries and among the country's largest sectors.

GA pilot medical self-declaration exemption extended

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the current exemption that allows General Aviation (GA) pilots to self-declare their medical fitness, that was due to expire on Wednesday 8th April 2020, has been extended to remain

Celestia to use Caple loan for UK satellite ground station

Alternative SME credit specialist Caple has helped space tech company Celestia Technologies Group (Celestia), to access a £3.5m (€4m) eight-year unsecured cross border loan for acquisition and growth, allowing Celestia’s

Techmodal wins MoD logistics transformation contract

Techmodal announce successful bid to deliver transformational change to Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence Logistics and Support Operations functions over the next two to four years.

Anvil Group acquires FlightSafe

Airline safety data specialist, FlightSafe, which provides access to the largest source of reliable airline safety data available worldwide - specifically designed for aviation specialists, travel managers, health and safety

IQPC SK0403300420
See us at
SMI favws BT06020406203CDSE BT2702150720DVD 2020