The future of Britain’s defence industry

Last November, the government published its much anticipated industrial strategy. It was long on words, but extremely short on specific commitments to lay the basis for a prosperous country. One of the most significant omissions from the 254 page document was any reference to Britain’s defence sector, even though this sector is of enormous actual and potential importance.

The reason for this omission was, I am told, because the Ministry of Defence (MoD) intended to publish a ‘refresh’ of its defence industrial policy. This came out just before Christmas, but only complemented the earlier publication in that it was equally vacuous.

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