Labour’s Strategic Defence Review

  • Lawrence Freedman

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Europe Expense Defend Iraq Sister Ship 

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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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