The Government has published its Strategic Defence and Security Review: Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty [PDF, 800KB] which sets out how we will deliver the priorities identified in the National Security Strategy [PDF, 375KB]. It describes how we will equip our armed forces, our police and intelligence agencies to tackle the threats we face today and in the future.
National security is the first duty of Government. Britain as a country continues to have global responsibilities and global ambitions. We will remain a first rate military power.
National security depends upon economic security, and vice versa. Bringing the defence programme back into balance has required some tough decisions but is a vital part of both how we tackle the deficit and how we protect our national security.
Faced with these challenges, the Government has been determined to make the right decisions for the long term defence and prosperity of the country.
This Review will equip us with modern defences: 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. We will double 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 we will establish a transformative national programme to protect ourselves in cyberspace, backed by £650m of new funds.
The following fact sheets provide more information on the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review.