in Defence

UK Ministers leading NATO focus on innovation

Posted 2 June 2021 · Add Comment

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have backed NATO’s vision of a technologically advanced, globally focused Alliance equipped to confront threats of the future.

Image courtesy MoD

Speaking ahead of the first gathering of NATO leaders since London 2019 taking place in Brussels later this month, Mr Wallace and Mr Raab met virtually with Allied counterparts to discuss how the Alliance will continue to adapt to the era of systemic competition and how the UK will be a steadfast partner in leading that process.

The recently published Integrated Review into security, defence, development and foreign policy, as well as the accompanying Defence Command Paper, placed NATO at the heart of the UK’s vision for its role in the world over the next decade.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Our recently-published Defence Command Paper placed working with international partners and committing to modernisation as fundamental principles for our Armed Forces. I am pleased that these are principles that NATO shares.

"The UK will continue to be one of NATO’s most active Allies. As the Alliance strengthens its approach to deterring the threats of today, looks ahead to the future, and grows its capabilities in new domains, our Armed Forces will be at the forefront of the collective response to shared threats."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "The UK is supporting and reinforcing NATO as we rise to the challenge of tackling hostile states like Russia, whilst also adapting to face new threats - from dangerous cyber attacks to poisonous misinformation, put about by those who want to undermine our way of life."

Cyber defence
As part of that adaptation process, the Defence Secretary agreed with counterparts a new NATO Cyber Defence Policy which recognises the need for Allies to have an active and shared approach to cyber defence, from improved resilience to offensive cyber capabilities, as part of our collective defence. This closely aligns NATO to the approach detailed in the UK’s Integrated Review, and will equip the Alliance to respond to activities below the threshold of traditional conflict.



Other Stories
Latest News

A generation inspired by Tim Peake

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Tim Peake's Soyuz space capsule landing in the Kazakhstan desert as he returned from a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) and now hundreds of people have shared their

EasyJet adds to its domestic network

EasyJet is adding three new UK airports to its domestic network, which includes launching operations from Belfast City Airport for the first time to London Gatwick, plus an additional 12 new domestic flights across its entire network,

Summer Astronaut Job Camp to be held at Shetland Space Centre

Children will be able to participate in 'astronaut teacher' Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Job Camp, hosted from Shetland Space Centre this summer, with fees paid for.

London City Airport partners with Collinson on expanded testing facilities

London City Airport has announced it is expanding its testing capabilities with a new, larger facility in partnership with Collinson, the expert in global medical assistance and travel experiences.

MEP sets up its first US facility

Kent based manufacturer of complex plastic and metal components for aerospace and defence, MEP Ltd. (MEP), is investing $6.4 million to establish its first US operation in Cyber Park - jointly owned by the City of Danville and

BA launches new services from Belfast

British Airways is launching four new domestic routes from Belfast this summer, supporting important business and tourism links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

ODU UK SK0902311221
See us at
Space Comm Expo BTDSEI bt1602170921RAF Museum BT