Date: 13:00-14:00, Tuesday 28th November 2017
Location: Committee Room 3, House of Lords,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
Director, Global Britain Programme
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The British government is currently engaged in a National Security Capabilities Review, to re-appraise the Strategic Defence and Security Review of November 2015. Given the re-emergence of another financial hole in the Ministry of Defence’s budget, rumours abound of significant cuts to various pieces of military equipment, allied to potential delays for new apparatus. Yet, in light of the geopolitical revisionism and belligerence of Russia, the inward-focus of the United States, and Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, this might be one of the most important reviews in modern times. However, it is taking place against a backdrop of an overall decline in defence spending, as a percentage of national income. According to NATO, British military spending is now at the lowest level ever, save for 2015. As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, is the amount the government is allotting to the Armed Forces sufficient? And where should Britain concentrate its geostrategic efforts?
By kind invitation of the Rt Hon. The Lord Risby, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with James Rogers – Director of the Global Britain Programme, who will examine British military spending through the launch of his report “Global Britain and the Future of the British Armed Forces”.
James Rogers is a founding member of The Henry Jackson Society and the Director of our ‘Global Britain’ Programme. He holds expertise in British grand strategy, European geopolitics and Baltic security, as well as European influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Formerly, he held a number of positions at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia. There he was Acting Dean (2016), Director of the Department of Political and Strategic Studies (2015-2017), and Lecturer in International Relations (2012-2015). James has also worked at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, firstly as a Visiting Fellow (2008) and then as an Associate Fellow (2013) – latterly as lead rapporteur for a research project commissioned by the European Union Military Committee. He has also worked on research projects for several other institutions, including RAND Europe, Egmont Institute, and the European Council on Foreign Relations