Matthew Gordon-Banks

Ben Wallace & the Defence Command Paper 2023

The Defence Command Paper Refresh (DCP23), which is published today (18 July), sets out a plan to deliver a credible warfighting force that will keep UK on track to act as a global heavyweight both now and in the future.

Key parts of the Command paper are as follows:

  • An additional £2.5 billion investment into our stockpiles and munitions, on top of the increased investment committed at the Autumn Statement
  • Global Response Force that enables the UK to ‘get there first’, bringing together our deployed and high-readiness forces, and drawing on capabilities from all domains
  • How Defence will become a science and technology superpower, enhancing our capabilities in fields such as robotics, human augmentation, directed energy weapons and advanced materials, to gain the edge on the battlefield
  • An improved surge capacity through our Strategic Reserve, built around the ex-regular reserve forces to add further depth and expertise in time of crisis
  • new alliance with industry, engaging much earlier in strategic conversations and building in greater financial headroom to respond to changing needs
  • new employment model and skills framework, increasing fluidity between the military, the Civil Service and industry, while offering a more compelling and competitive incentivisation package
  • A further £400 million to modernise accommodation that our service families deserve, which is essential for the operational effectiveness of our personnel.
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