pro patria - Journal of defence uk - 2019 volume 1
At the official launch of Defence UK on 16th October 2019 the first edition of Pro Patria, the Journal of Defence UK was published. It can be read online by selecting the heading above. Hard copies are available from Defence UK, PO Box 819, Portsmouth PO1 9FF.
Recruitment and retention are at crisis point
Defence UK is concerned about the state of armed forces recruitment and encourages the government to investigate, and take action, as a matter of urgency.
Personnel numbers in all three services are below the targets set in the 2010 Defence Review, which were themselves too low to sustain the required level of defence.
Some suggested reasons for this include:
introducing "defence uk"
Defence UK was formed in 2007 as the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA) to make the case for increased investment in defence, at a time when the UK’s armed forces – then engaged in two major conflicts – were chronically underfunded and overstretched. Led by founder-CEO Cdr John Muxworthy RN, a veteran of the 1982 Falklands conflict, and founder-President Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Britain’s great wartime leader, the UKNDA set about building a nationwide association to provide an effective and independent voice for the nation’s military, veterans and the wider defence community. By holding conferences and public events, publishing a series of reports and commentaries, lobbying MPs, writing articles and broadcasting, the UKNDA has kept up a constant pressure on those in power, opposing defence cuts and highlighting threats to national security.
Now, in 2019, the UK’s forces are no longer committed to extended military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there are still numerous threats to national and international security, from a range of terrorist networks and rogue states, leaving our borders, shipping, energy supply and trade routes all at risk. Despite this, there are glaring holes in our nation’s military capabilities, and our armed services are seriously depleted by ill-conceived cuts to the defence budget, leaving the UK increasingly vulnerable in a dangerous world. Defence funding has been a victim of political short-termism and the austerity agenda. There is an urgent need to bring renewed pressure to bear on the UK government and parliament, to significantly boost resourcing for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. In particular, we argue for an increase in the defence budget to at least 3% of UK GDP.
Our association, under its new name Defence UK, will continue to campaign vigorously on behalf of Britain’s armed forces, providing serving and retired military personnel with an effective voice for strong national defence.
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“Defence UK is an independent pressure group that campaigns for a strong and well-resourced Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, to ensure the security of the United Kingdom, her Sovereign Territories, trade and commerce, and to protect her citizens wherever they may be. We also call for a greater commitment by the UK Government to the nation's defence industries, and to non-military services such as the Merchant Navy, Coastguard, Border Control and Homeland Security that are essential to the Defence of the Realm.”