As usual, Aaron Ellis remains your source for British foreign policy and defense issues. Here, he takes a first cut at the British National Security Strategy and Strategic Defense and Security Review.
Some solid points, but chief among them is this:
It isn’t actually a strategy. The paper goes on at great length about how the world is changing and power is shifting to the East and all the rest of it, but doesn’t really explain how Britain will deal with this. One example is our relationship with the United States. The NSS reaffirms British commitment to the Special Relationship, but doesn’t explain how we’re going to cope with relative American decline. It talks of global change , but it relies on a static world order.
So what you get is a lot of ambiguous language about threats and interests coupled with a huge cut in capabilities. Grand strategy?