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Ministry of Defence: our vision

Against the backdrop of the National Security Strategy and the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), our priorities from now until 2015 are:

To succeed in Afghanistan

The main effort for the MOD. Our Armed Forces are working to protect the UK by creating security and stability in Afghanistan and training members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to help the Afghans to provide their own security in the future.

To continue to fulfil our standing commitments

Including strategic intelligence, the strategic nuclear deterrent, defence against direct threats to the UK and its overseas territories, counter-terrorism and military aid to the civil authorities. Carrying out these roles is essential to our security and supports key British interests around the world.

To succeed in other operations we are required to undertake

By providing a defence contribution to UK influence, by defending our interests by projecting power strategically and through expeditionary operations, and by providing security for stabilisation.

To promote defence exports consistent with export control criteria

As part of a defence diplomacy programme to strengthen British influence and help support British industry and jobs.

To implement the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR)

By restructuring the Armed Forces and their capabilities; rebuilding the Armed Forces Covenant; and developing a New Employment Model.

To deliver the Defence Reform Unit’s review

Which will identify ways of creating a simpler and more effective organisation and determine how the MOD can deliver significant reductions in running costs.

To deliver Defence in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way

By meeting benchmarking, efficiency and Government sustainable development targets, building on the Defence Reform Unit’s review.

Ministry of Defence: our priorities

Restructure the Armed Forces and their capabilities

Ensure that the UK has the required Force Structure, training and equipment to carry out operations, as part of the implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

Rebuild the Armed Forces Covenant and develop the New Employment Model

Develop the New Employment Model and rebuild and formalise the Armed Forces Covenant which represents a promise of fair treatment, on behalf of the nation, to ensure our Armed Forces and their families are valued and respected, as part of the implementation of the SDSR.

Deliver the Defence Reform Unit’s review

Identify and deliver ways to create a simpler and more effective department, including significant reductions in running costs.

Deliver Defence in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way

Meet benchmarking, efficiency and Government sustainable development targets, building on the Defence Reform Unit’s review.

Other major responsibilities

Our main focus is to succeed in Afghanistan

Work to create security and stability in Afghanistan, including by training members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to help the Afghans to provide their own security in the future.

We will continue to fulfil our standing commitments

Defend against direct threats to the UK and its overseas territories, provide strategic intelligence, maintain our strategic nuclear deterrent, support counter-terrorism work (CONTEST) and provide military aid to the civil authorities.

We will prepare for success in any other operations that we are required to undertake

Respond to external threats (intervention operations) and natural disasters; provide support to conflict prevention and stabilisation operations; carry out defence diplomacy, engagement and capability building activities; and build constructive bilateral relationships including with the US and France; and multilateral relationships in particular NATO (including the new Strategic Concept); facilitated by defence attachés and advisers and including activities such as international training and joint exercises.

We will promote defence exports consistent with export control criteria

Work with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to establish the Defence Exports Group and re-invigorate our relationships with international partners.