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The Strategic Failure of Uk Defence Reform and What Still Needs to Be Done

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National Defense University , Joint Advanced Warfighting School Norfolk United States

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The ability of a nation to deliver adequate defence for its citizens Defence relies on successfully navigating a complex web of interactions between numerous people, nations, and institutions. Debate on how to optimize those interactions has long been of interest to those involved in UK Defence. To help clarify and settle some of those debates, this thesis analyzes the most recent set of UK Defence reforms. A 38Bn deficit in UK Defence procurement instigated Lord Levenes 2011 report that intended to make recommendations that would prevent recurrence. The outcome of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review would suggest not all the shortcomings have been addressed. Based on the shortfalls identified, this thesis offers a set of recommendations to improve Defence Reform through the bolstering of institutional strategic thinking and planning.

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