2.1 National security

Equipment, Support, and Technology for UK Defence and Security: A Consultation Paper – Part Two – Cross-Cutting Issues – 2.1 National security

2.1 National Security

The distinguishing feature of equipment, support, and technology choices in the defence and security fields is that they are subject to overriding national security considerations. Traditionally, our national security has been viewed in terms of defence matters. The NSS recognises, however, that many of the threats faced by the UK cannot be addressed through purely [...]

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2.1.1 Sovereignty

Most defence and security choices in relation to equipment, support, and technology are concerned with obtaining and maintaining the various national security capabilities needed to protect the UK and its interests. However, two specific aspects of those capabilities are particularly important and require separate consideration. These are: operational advantage, which is fundamental to the overall [...]

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2.1.1 Sovereignty – General and Specific Questions

General question: Q2. What factors should the UK take into account when assessing the national security implications of acquisition in the defence and security sectors? Specific question:   Q3. Are there particular technological or industrial capabilities, including skills, that you believe are crucial to national security? If so, please give details. Q4. Are any of [...]

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2.1.2 Working with other countries

Most of the arrangements we make to protect our national security have an international dimension. Therefore, it is often more beneficial for the UK to work directly with other nations on research and on equipment and support acquisition than to proceed alone with a market-based approach. This is true both in terms of specific programmes [...]

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2.1.2 Working with other countries – General and Specific Questions

General question: Q6. How can the UK get the best from working with other nations, whilst avoiding the pitfalls? Specific questions: Q7. What are the conditions for successful bilateral/multinational procurement? How can Government best assess these before committing to a project? Q8. How can the UK engagement with NATO allies and European partners in bilateral [...]

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