Prospects for the UK–U.S. Special Relationship
The British government will try to deepen the country's cooperation with the As a result, the U.S. strengthened military cooperation with France, which, to be one of the major foreign policy aims of the new U.S. President. When it comes to Britain's relationship with the EU, what issues are there concerning By Jonathan Beale Defence correspondent, BBC News Within the EU, Britain has been one of the few countries to meet that goal. bilateral military and intelligence relationship for the UK is with the United States. The United States and the United Kingdom share a special relationship. issues and global problems and share major foreign and security policy objectives. and law enforcement activities, as well as political and military relations, and.
And the migrant crisis has shown the free movement of people, and the lack of border controls, can carry risks as well as rewards.
Allies - EU or the US? Britain's armed forces have shrunk dramatically. It is more dependent on its allies. Indeed it is hard to envisage the UK ever carrying out a large-scale military operation on its own again.
Alliances are today more important than ever. In Europe the most important defence relationship is with France.
It is the only other EU nation that has a similar sized armed forces and defence budget and the same level of global influence.
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The two nations are working together on the next generation of combat drone. Though this is all based on a bilateral agreement would it be harder to sustain if Britain turned its back on the EU? The UK and US: The myth of the special relationship The term was first coined by Winston Churchill inbut does the 'special relationship' really exist?
For critics of May's first appointment with America's 45th commander-in-chief, the trip was nothing short of a political embarrassment. With the UK's decision to quit the European Union dominating domestic politics, many baulked at the sight of Britain's premier eagerly accepting an early invitation from a controversial Trump administration because of a British need to establish a future UK-US trade deal in the country's post- Brexit era.
For May's supporters, however, the Conservative Party leader's journey to Washington was the start of Britain's brave new world. This, they said, not only held out the possibility of the UK being handed preferential treatment in any forthcoming transatlantic trade arrangement - helpfully aided by Trump's much-vaunted British heritage via his late Scottish mother - but also offered a vital opportunity to reaffirm the so-called "special relationship".
It also gives our armed forces certainty about the future equipment they will be able to use.
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Reform The UK has already undergone significant reform in defence. The defence budget has been balanced for the first time in a generation, eliminating the black hole our Government inherited back in That has meant some tough decisions have been taken. The decommissioning of some older platforms, cancelling some contracts and reducing personnel numbers, including through redundancies, these have all been difficult decisions.
We would have liked to do things differently in an ideal world.
But we do not live in an ideal world, as your Department of Defense is now funding out. In the real world, we have chosen to abandon what was an overheated and essentially aspirational equipment programme, in favour of one that is sustainable, fully-funded and deliverable.
And, in my own area there is still a good deal of reform taking place. A core element of our Defence Transformation Programme is reforming our acquisition system. Under the Materiel Strategy, a compelling case has been made for reform.
Analysis has shown that cost and schedule overruns have resulted in significant additional costs to the defence budget of hundreds of millions of pounds each year. The Materiel Strategy is seeking to address this, and is focussed on three main areas.
Firstly, the overheated defence budget. We have worked hard to balance the defence budget, as I have already said, but although much work has been done this has not fully addressed the underlying issues which cause underperformance in defence acquisition. Secondly, an unstable interface between requester and deliverer. At present, the moral imperative to ensure our servicemen and women in theatre have the best possible equipment and support can lead to demands to incorporate changes over short timescales and at any point in the programme, making accurate cost and time estimating difficult.
Thirdly, insufficient skills and freedoms within the Defence Equipment and Support organisation. The Material Strategy must address these three aspects, and our objective is to find the optimal way to improve efficiency in the process of procurement and to cut waste. We believe the private sector can help and we are looking carefully at how best this can be done. In the near future we expect to launch the formal assessment phase for the Materiel Strategy Programme.
This will be a significant milestone towards the delivery of an improved acquisition system. The assessment phase will focus on developing the information required to make a rational decision between two options: A commercial negotiation to enable us to understand how a government owned contractor operated, or GOCOoption would work, and the costs and benefits associated with such a model; And secondly the development of a costed proposition for making our existing acquisition organisation the best it can be, while remaining within the public sector.
The final decision between the two options on the future operating model will be made at the end of the assessment phase, scheduled for summer Whatever option we select, we will work with you as our major partner as we proceed through the assessment phase to identify any challenges and agree how we best manage them. To this end, my staff are directly engaged with the task force, established by Frank Kendall, to explore what a GOCO decision might mean for our joint business with the US.
I think this highlights one of the many advantages of our close relationship, which is that we can openly and frankly share our collective experiences as we go through our own respective processes of reform.
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This is essential, because we are not operating within a vacuum. Fiscal realities apply pressure to both Britain and the United States. And nobody has a monopoly on good ideas. Who knows, if we are able to introduce private sector skills and expertise successfully into our defence procurement, other countries may follow.
Many are looking on with interest. It has happened before, where Margaret Thatcher started reforming our telephone, oil and gas, electricity and water industries, other nations swiftly followed. Conclusion But to conclude on defence, I believe we are entering a new era of defence cooperation between our two nations. One which acknowledges changing geopolitics and economic realities.
Important elements of this new era are recognised in the Defence Trade and Cooperation Treaty. It reinforces our commitment to keep our markets open and deliver the best possible equipment to those on the front line. This benefits our defence industries, who remain competitive and have access to major export markets; benefits our armed forces, who are unhindered in their ability to develop the capabilities that protect all of us; and it benefits our tax payers, who get the best value for money.
The great contradiction in the term protectionism, is that it protects no one, particularly in the context of defence. But the UK-US defence relationship is not just about trade, or collaborative research, or combined exercises, or shared equipment.