HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “GLOBAL BRITAIN AND THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES”

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HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “GLOBAL BRITAIN AND THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES”

28th November 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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James Rogers

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.

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EVENT SUMMARY

On the 28th November 2017, the Henry Jackson Society, by kind invitation of Lord Risby launched a report on the future of the Armed Forces by Global Britain Programme director James Rogers. 

Rogers began the report launch by emphasising that rapid technological changes combined with an increasingly diverse threat environment pose challenges for Britain’s armed forces. The decision to leave the European Union also complicates the situation-but it also leaves the door open for opportunities as well.

He pointed out that British foreign policy in the post-Cold War era has taken on an increasingly global focus. Brexit could allow for Westminster to engage with other critical regions such as the Middle East and Asia-Pacific more effectively. This could be a chance for Britain’s armed forces to establish more of a presence in these region(s) and have more influence.

Rogers also explained that the United Kingdom has historically served as an offshore balancing power to the Continent. However, he stressed that Britain’s involvement in NATO is important to the future of European Security. Roger’s called on Britain to raise its annual defence spending levels to 3% of the GDP over a 5-year span.

Furthermore, he pointed out that all member states of NATO needed to honour their commitment to the organisation with action. Roger’s called on states like Germany and other NATO members to increase the investment made in their military. Doing so would help ensure the collective defence of both Britain and Europe in these difficult times.

Rogers then took an array of questions from the audience which ranged from intelligence cooperation with Europe, what should increase British military spending be focused on, to the impact of Brexit on Britain’s defence industrial base. He stated that investment in Britain’s military capabilities must be diverse, and not concentrated on one particular area given the problems in today’s world. While going forward Westminster must think deeper on what Britain’s relation’s with Europe will be.

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Date:
28th November 2017
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Committee Room 3, House of Lords
Westminster
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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SPEAKER
James Rogers, Director, Global Britain Programme

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