Strategic Defence and Security Review

The national security council meets today to discuss the options for the strategic defence and security review (SDSR) - the first concerted attempt to define Britain's military role for 12 years.

The SDSR is being almost completely overshadowed by the comprehensive spending review, with the MoD being asked to find huge savings.

In view of the massive strain on the public finances, and the UK committed to fighting the war in Afghanistan, it seems likely that the Royal Navy and RAF will bear the brunt of any cuts.

The decision over replacement the Trident nuclear missile system, a big-ticket item loathed by the Liberal Democrats, appears to have been postponed until after the next general election in 2015.


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