Inquiry launched into the National Security Capability Review
Submissions by 9th February 2018. The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JNSS) has launched an inquiry into the National Security Capability Review.
In July 2017, the Government announced that it had launched a review of national security capabilities, in support of the ongoing implementation of the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review (2015 NSS & SDSR).
The Government said the objective of the National Security Capability Review (NSCR) was “to ensure that the UK’s investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible, to address current national security challenges.” It added that “The review will also be informed by work which has already been commissioned in response to recent national security-related incidents.” These included, but were not limited to, terror attacks in Manchester and London in the first half of 2017.
The Committee plans to hold a two-part inquiry on this subject.
Submitting written evidence
If you wish to submit written evidence, the deadline to do so is Friday 9 February 2018.
In this first call for evidence the Committee is particularly interested in receiving submissions which address:
- the specific areas of national security policy that are under consideration as part of the NSCR;
- ways in which the threats to the UK’s national security have changed since 2015, especially in relation to the four particular challenges identified in the 2015 NSS & SDSR:
i. the increasing threat posed by terrorism, extremism and instability;
ii. the resurgence of state-based threats and intensifying wider state competition;
iii. the impact of technology, especially cyber threats;
iv. the erosion of the international rules-based order;
- the extent to which the 2015 NSS & SDSR has been able to respond flexibly to the evolving national security challenges facing the UK, in terms of
i. the strategic analysis set out in the document;
ii. the range of capabilities set out in the document, including defence;
- changes to the wider international security environment, such as the change in Administration in the United States and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union;
- the extent to which the NSCR was necessitated by challenges in delivering the capabilities set out in the 2015 NSS & SDSR;
- whether the total resources allocated by, and the skills available to, the Government in relation to national security are sufficient to meet today’s challenges, and are appropriately balanced across the range of capabilities set out in the 2015 NSS & SDSR;
- the extent to which it was possible to anticipate in 2015 the trajectory and pace of changes in the national security environment since the publication of the 2015 NSS & SDSR.