Global Strategic Partnership helps to inform UK defence

The Global Strategic Partnership (GSP) provides a multi-year programme of academic and analytical support to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC). This includes research, advice and organisation of high-level conferences such as the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategy Forum.

As the UK MOD’s think tank, DCDC helps inform defence strategy, capability development and operations, and provides the foundation for joint professional military education. DCDC also doubles as the Swedish Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

The GSP spans academia, think-tanks and industry and is led by RAND Europe. Its members include King’s College London (KCL), the University of Exeter, Chatham House, the Council on Geostrategy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Network for Strategic Analysis, Aleph Insights, Opimian, and QinetiQ Training and Simulation Ltd.

Consortium Members

Kings College London
University of Exeter
Chatham House
Council on Geostrategy
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)
Network for Strategic Analysis
Aleph Insights
Opimian Ltd
Qinetiq

Examples of GSP projects

Additional projects to date

  • a three-part study evaluating China as an international security actor
  • an exploration of the future of UK combat air to 2040
  • a study modelling Russian foreign policy to 2030
  • a study of the future of command and control
  • workshops to explore the ethical implications of AI and autonomy
  • Red Teaming and support to development of future concepts for Defence

GSP Impacts

As part of its partnership with DCDC, the GSP also delivers the tri-annual Chief of the Defence Staff’s (CDS) Strategy Forum, hosted by Chatham House. The purpose of the Strategy Forum is to generate discussion and advice on specific policy questions or strategic topics, to inform and influence policy.

The CDS Strategy Fora have so far focused on thematic areas including:

  • The rise of China
  • The impact of artificial intelligence
  • The role of Defence in the Arctic and High North
  • The challenges of climate change
  • The UK military’s ambitions in outer space
  • The threats and opportunities of Grey Zone operations