Now Available: United Kingdom Defence & Security Report Q4 2013


Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "United Kingdom Defence & Security Report Q4 2013", is now available at Fast Market Research


[UKPRwire, Mon Oct 07 2013] The United Kingdom maintains an important role in NATO; transatlantic and European defence relations; and a military presence around the world. It is one of the world's acknowledged nuclear powers and, alongside France, Russia and NATO, is one of the nuclear powers on the European continent.

Although the military power of the United Kingdom has arguably diminished since the zenith it reached at the end of the Second World War, the country remains a major player on the international stage. Several centuries of experience of projecting military, political and economic power around the world have provided the UK with a major defence industrial base, and highly capable military forces. Historically, the country's defence manufacturing skills base have served to provide materiel for its own armed forces, although for the past one hundred years, the United Kingdom has evolved as a major exporter of military equipment. Today, British defence companies retain the expertise required for the design, development and production of major defence platforms and capabilities. However, increasingly British defence firms are moving out of the 'metal bashing' business and into the design, research and development domains, instead leaving production of platforms to foreign contractors.

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Operationally, the UK has continually underlined its ability to both lead and to participate at a high level in major multinational military operations. In recent years, British forces have been deployed to the Mediterranean in support of combined air and sea operations over and around Libya as part of a wider NATO initiative. Moreover, the UK has concluded a deployment to Iraq which has lasted almost two decades and will, in 2014/15, complete a decade long deployment to Afghanistan. At the same time, British deployments of various sizes protect UK interests around the world, and also support United Nations-level peacekeeping operations. The country is also one of the five official acknowledged nuclear powers and retains one of the five permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.

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