Labour’s Strategic Defence Review

  • Lawrence Freedman


In July 1998 Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence, George Robertson, announced the results of his strategic defence review.1 It was the first formal defence review conducted by a Labour government since 1975. The close association of the Labour Party with defence cuts was not so much the legacy of that 1975 review as of the subsequent years when a deteriorating economy led to defence being turned to constantly for expenditure savings. The Treasury raids were damaging for they led to equipment programmes being aborted without regard for long-term plans and training and exercises cut back to the point where combat readiness was jeopardized.


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© Lawrence Freedman 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Freedman
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  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

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