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Defence Committee launches inquiry into US, UK and NATO

22 July 2021

The relationships with NATO and the US are integral to the UK’s defence, and this inquiry will re-examine those relationships following the recent change of US Administration, the publication of the UK Integrated Review (and the accompanying Defence strategies) and the NATO summit of June 2021.

Send us your views

Please see the list of questions below for what the committee is looking for. The Committee is asking for initial written evidence to be submitted by 23:59 on Friday 1 October 2021.

The Committee welcomes evidence on the following topics

  • How far should the UK ensure its foreign policy, defence and security priorities are aligned with those of its NATO Allies, in particular the US?
  • What benefits does the UK bring to the UK/US relationship and the NATO Alliance? What should the UK focus on providing in the near future?
  • What are the new US Administration’s priorities for US foreign, defence and security policy? What impact will they have on the US Global Posture Review [due to be released this summer] and in turn, how could that affect UK and NATO policy and deployment decisions?
  • Where do the US, UK and NATO align on their understanding of global threats and their view of how (using measures across the ‘Diplomatic, Information, Military, Economic, Financial, Intelligence and Law Enforcement’ spectrum and the wider spectrum of civil society) to respond? Where do they diverge?
  • How will the UK’s journey to becoming an ‘information-led’ force impact its ability to operate and fight alongside a) the US and b) other NATO Allies both in terms of the UK’s potential capability gaps during the transition and the potential impact on interoperability should individual Allies adopt such a transition at differing timescales?
  • What impact has COVID had on joint UK/US and wider NATO exercises?
  • What impact will the Government’s commitment to retaining onshore capabilities have on MOD’s ability to purchase equipment from companies based outside the UK?
  • How can the UK best support NATO in implementation of the NATO 2030 agenda? Specifically:
    • Deepening and broadening political consultation in NATO;
    • Preserving NATO’s technical edge; and
    • Investing in NATO (in particular around the funding commitments which will need to be agreed at the NATO 2022 summit)
  • How can NATO best learn collective lessons from both warfighting and post-conflict operations?
  • How can NATO effectively foster technological cooperation among Allies and how best can the UK engage in that process? What role will NATO common standards and the new Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) play?
  • Will NATO’s newfound interest in the Indo-Pacific complement the UK’s ‘tilt’? If so, what should the UK be doing bilaterally with partners and where in NATO should it focus its efforts?

Form of written evidence

Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words. The main body of any submission should use numbered paragraphs. Each submission should contain: 

  • a short summary, perhaps in bullet point form;
  • a brief introduction about the person or organisation submitting evidence, for example explaining their area of expertise or experience;
  • any factual information from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses;
  • any recommendations for action by the Government or others which the submitter would like the Committee to consider for inclusion in its report to the House;
  • It is not necessary to address all the terms of reference, submissions can focus on one or more questions.

Submissions should be in malleable format such as MS Word (not PDFs) with no use of colour or logos. Submissions should be arranged in numbered paragraphs.

Guidance on submitting written evidence and data protection information is available here: 

Diversity

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

Further information

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