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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Defence concepts and capabilities: from aspiration to reality

International Relations and Defence Committee
Defence concepts and capabilities: from aspiration to reality

Wednesday 15 June 2022

Start times: 10.30am (private) 10.30am (public)


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Committee to explore UK capabilities in

land and air power in the 21 century

In the first panel of this evidence session the Committee will hear from General Sir Adrian Bradshaw on the challenges and capabilities of the British Army in the context of the goals outlined in the Defence Command Paper and ‘Future Soldier’, both published in 2021.

In the second panel the Committee will question former Air Marshal Phil Osborn and Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology at RUSI, on the role and challenges of the RAF and other UK military air services in the context of the Defence Command Paper, especially in relation to other branches of the military, intelligence and technology, and therecent and ongoing crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine.  

Meeting details

At 10.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Defence concepts and capabilities: from aspiration to reality
Commander Land Forces (2013), Deputy Supreme Commander Europe (2014-17)
At 11.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Defence concepts and capabilities: from aspiration to reality
Senior Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology at RUSI
Chief of Defence Intelligence (2015-18)

Possible Questions:

  • What are the air power implications of the evacuation from Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Have they exposed any weaknesses, or to the contrary, showed that the UK is well prepared for such crises?
  • What would you identify as the key lessons for the British Army from Russia’s attack on Ukraine?
  • What is your assessment of the ambitions for and role of the land forces in the Defence Command Paper? Do you believe that the British Army can fulfil the future need identified in the Command Paper, and does the Command Paper adequately address the future needs of the British Army?
  • What is your assessment of the vision for the UK’s air power set out by the Integrated Review and the Defence Command Paper? Is the balance of emphasis between the Air Force and the other Services appropriate?
  • How do the UK’s capabilities compare with the assessment and plans made by other NATO countries? How is the UK seeking to influence NATO’s strategy in this regard? Do you agree with the UK’s approach, or do you believe there are other areas the UK should focus on trying to influence NATO’s strategy?

 

Location

Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

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