This discussion paper provides an evidence-based critique of the UK’s national security strategy. It analyses the features of an outmoded narrative, and suggests the principal reasons for this failure to adapt. The paper goes on to outline some principles for a new approach to security, the shift in priorities that would be required, and the practical ways in which a new approach might be applied to current security challenges. We welcome responses from all quarters.
The Executive Summary of the discussion paper provides a brief introduction to the Ammerdown Group’s analysis of the current UK national security strategy, and describes the principles, priorities and activities that would guide a new approach.