The outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has been published today, the first large-scale strategic defence and security review since 1998.
The SDSR sets out how the government will deliver the priorities identified in the National Security Strategy.
Our national Security depends on our economic strength and vice versa. This government inherited a £38bn black hole from Labour in future defence plans, sorting this out is not just vital for tackling the deficit but vital to protecting our national security.
The SDSR will bring defence plans, commitments and resources into balance so that we have a coherent defence capability and a sustainable defence programme for the future.
Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox said:
"The frontline has been protected because Afghanistan is the Government's top priority. Tough decisions are required to reconfigure our Armed Forces to confront future threats whilst we also tackle the £38bn deficit that has accumulated in the 12 years since the last Defence Review. The MOD must become as effective and as efficient as possible. Lord Levene will help me deliver radical reform to streamline the Department."
Prime Minister, David Cameron said:
“This is not simply a cost-saving exercise to get to grips with the biggest budget deficit in post-war history, it is about taking the right decisions to protect our national security in the years ahead. This review sets out a step change in the way we protect this country's security interests. Britain has traditionally punched above its weight in the world and we should have no less ambition for our country in the years to come.”