The Strategic Defence and Security Review, which sets out how the Government will go about securing Britain in an age of uncertainty, has been published today. It is the first time that a UK government has taken decisions on its defence, security, intelligence, resilience, development and foreign affairs capabilities in the round, setting out the delivery of the ends set out in the National Security Strategy.
This Review will equip us with modern defences, including Armed Forces and equipment fit for the 21st century; strong security and intelligence agencies; and diplomats and development aid which can help us prevent threats before they become a reality. The Government doubles the amount of aid we spend in conflict countries, tackling threats at their source.
We will continue to invest in our security and intelligence agencies, and establish a transformative national programme to protect ourselves in cyberspace, backed by £650m of new funds.
The Review recognises that national security depends upon economic security, and vice versa. Bringing the defence programme back into balance is a vital part of both how we tackle the deficit and how we protect our national security.