Labour’s Strategic Defence Review
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.
KeywordsForeign Policy Labour Government Defence Policy Security Council Resolution Aircraft Carrier
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