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MOD estate optimisation strategy

Information about the MOD estate optimisation strategy, which will create a smaller and significantly better estate for our armed forces.

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The estate optimisation strategy is a departmental initiative, the aim of which is to create a smaller and significantly better estate that effectively supports our armed forces, and their role in protecting the security, independence and interests of the UK at home and abroad.

The current defence estate was established for a very different era of military capability and need. Our armed forces are becoming more agile and with this the requirement for the defence estate is changing.

In 2010, the National Audit Office carried out a review of the defence estate concluding not only that substantial reductions in operating costs were required but also that a more robust and systematic approach to estate rationalisation was taken.

Published 24 March 2016