Global Strategic Partnership helps to inform UK defence
The Global Strategic Partnership (GSP) provides ongoing academic and analytical support to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) until the end of 2021. As the MOD’s think tank, DCDC helps inform defence strategy, capability development and operations, and provides the foundation for joint education.
The GSP consortium spans research, academia and industry and is led by RAND Europe, in partnership with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the University of Exeter (UoE). Additional GSP members include: Aleph Analytics, Newman & Spurr Consultancy (NSC), QinetiQ and Simplexity Analysis. The GSP is also advised by Prof. Hew Strachan.
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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
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 the IISS. 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:
- How should Defence respond to the rise of China to protect, project and promote UK interests over the next five years?
- Defence implications of autonomy
- The purpose of Defence
- Threats and opportunities of Grey Zone operations