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July 2, 2013

In Scotland’s Defence? An Assessment of SNP Defence Strategy

George Grant

Associate Fellow George Grant delivers a comprehensive 128-page report on the Scottish National Party (SNP)’s proposals for how they would defend an independent Scotland. The report covers six main areas including foreign policy and risks to national security; joining NATO; establishing a Scottish Defence Force; removing the Trident nuclear deterrent from Scotland; intelligence and cyber security; and the future of the Scottish defence industry.

At the heart of the problem with the SNP’s proposals is a simple and deeply problematic calculation: their defence strategy is more concerned with helping win the 2014 referendum in favour of Scottish independence than it is with actually defending Scotland.

To read the full report, click here

To read George Grant’s rebuttal to the SNP’s criticisms of his report, click here

To read George Grant’s evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee following the publication of his report, click here

George Grant

About George Grant

George Grant was a non-resident Associate Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society. Between 2009-2012 George was a full-time Research Fellow at HJS, before moving to Libya to become Deputy Editor of the Libya Herald, the first post-Gaddafi English-language daily, and Libya Correspondent for The Times. He returned to the UK at the start of 2013 owing to an abduction threat received following an investigation he was conducting into a death list in Benghazi. His most recent report, In Scotland's Defence? An Assessment of SNP Defence Strategy, provides a comprehensive analysis of the Scottish National Party's proposals for how they would defend an independent Scotland. A frequent contributor to mainstream newspapers and broadcasters, including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and the BBC, George has also given briefings and evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, UK Government departments and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the fields of foreign policy, strategy and defence. George holds Masters degrees in History from the University of Edinburgh and Investigative Journalism from City University, London. He is a keen squash player and runner, and an active member of his local Church in Wimbledon.

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