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Armed Forces Readiness And Recuperation Should Be At The Heart of The Strategic Defence Review Say MPs

Source: House of Commons

Published Wednesday, 10 February, 2010 - 11:44

The Strategic Defence Review should take account of the current low readiness levels of the Armed Forces and the need for their effective recuperation, says the Defence Select Committee in its report published today.

The Committee states that if readiness is to be improved, then the Army must return to being deployed within harmony guidelines as soon as practicable.

The Committee warns that the Strategic Defence Review should not be solely a defence concern. It needs to be set in the context of a UK Strategy encompassing the National Security Strategy and UK foreign policy and involve other Government Departments as appropriate.

The Review should also codify the use of the Comprehensive Approach and consider the need for an augmented capability to promote stabilisation and post-conflict reconstruction.

The Report warns that the next Government will have to accept the financial realities of the day but be aware of the risk that an early stringency budget might prejudge the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review.

The Chairman of the Committee, James Arbuthnot, says:

"It is easy to lose sight of the fact that one of the core businesses of Government is the defence of the country and of national interests, and that is every bit as true during difficult financial times as during more settled ones."

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