The Cabinet Office will lead additional work to review national security capabilities. The Government has initiated this work in support of the ongoing implementation of the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review published back in November 2015.
The work is to be led by Mark Sedwill, the national security advisor, with individual strands taken forward by cross-departmental teams, and will be carried out alongside continued implementation and monitoring of the 89 principal commitments set out in the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The national security capability review will include a detailed examination of the policy and plans which support implementation of the national security strategy and help to ensure that the UK’s investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible in order to address current national security challenges. This review will also be informed by work which has already been commissioned in response to recent national security-related incidents.
The Government is committed to report annually on progress in implementing the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review, publishing its first Annual Report on implementation in December 2016.
Further progress on implementation of the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review – in addition to all related work – will be detailed within the second Annual Report after the end of the second year of implementation.
As outlined in the First Annual Report, the Government will set out in subsequent Annual Reports where a significant change of approach in implementing the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review is considered necessary as a result of alterations to the national security environment.
Responding to the Government’s announcement, the ADS Trade Association’s CEO Paul Everitt said: “The UK needs a world-class defence and security industry that can work with the Government to respond to rapidly evolving threats in an increasingly complex international security environment. Industry has a key role to play in using its wide-ranging skills and expertise to help the Government identify and assess national security risks and improve the capabilities available to respond to them. We stand ready to help in making sure the Strategic Defence and Security Review published in 2015 is implemented as efficiently and effectively as possible.”