03 Feb 10. Strategic Defence Review (SDR): Green Paper and Procurement Strategy. The MoD published (3 Feb 10) a Green Paper (discussion document) setting out the Government’s “emerging thinking” prior to the post-General Election SDR. A procurement strategy paper, addressing some of the criticisms of the Bernard Gray Review (October 2009) was also published on the same day.
Comment: Adaptability and partnership are the main themes of the Green Paper but the overall message is clear: “we face challenging financial pressures”. ‘Adaptability and Partnership: Issues for the Strategic Defence Review’ is available as Cm 7794 for £14:35 and ‘The Defence Strategy for Acquisition Reform’ is available as Cm 7796 for £7:95. Both documents can be downloaded from the MoD website (www.mod.uk/).(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/06, 08 Feb 10)
03 Feb 10. The Military Balance: 2010 Publication. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) published (3 Feb 10) the latest edition of The Military Balance (ISBN 978-1-85743-557-3). Copies are available from: T&F Informa UK, Sheepen Place, Colchester C03 3LP (Tel: 020-7017 5544) for £121:00 each. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/06, 08 Feb 10)