(with the latter point probably reflecting the current situation of the MOD’s logistic contracting arrangements).
Whilst it is clear that the UK IR and its two closely associated ‘daughter’ documents, the DCP and the DSIS, aims to reduce friction, uncertainty, and a certain adversarial tone in public/private sector business relationships, these do little to deconstruct the information asymmetry and competing agendas that lie at the very heart of many interactions between Defence and the Market. In the UK security market where the overwhelming majority of firms operating are SMEs, power, information, and financial asymmetries existing between these SMEs and the government are even more disparate. In conclusion, the road mapped out by these documents is indeed paved with many good intentions, and whilst these show superficial promise, unless followed up by specific details and mechanisms, the UK Integrated Review and its two associated documents stand to deliver little more to the UK security technology and innovation sector than statements of intent. To close with the coffee analogy: we have the froth, which despite carrying a hint of taste, has no body. What is now required to complete the Integrated Review is substance.
Dr Christopher Kinsey is a Reader in Business and International Security with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His research examines the role of the market in war. Dr Kinsey has published widely on the subject and presented papers to the UN, NATO and the EU.
Colonel Ron Ti is currently a lecturer in Joint Operations in the Department of Military Studies at the Baltic Defence College, Estonia. He recently transferred to the Australian Army Reserve and completed an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2021. He is enrolled in the PhD program with War Studies Department at King’s College London where he is researching military medical logistic resilience and assessment methodologies for conflict and humanitarian assistance operations.
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