White Flag? -

White Flag?

An Examination of the UK's Defence Capability

By Michael Ashcroft, Isabel Oakeshott



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Britain is at a crossroads. As we leave the EU, we face a great challenge and also the opportunity to forge a new identity in an increasingly uncertain world. Our Armed Forces will be critical to our power and prosperity. For centuries, they have been the envy of the world. Now barely a day passes without reports of diminishing prowess. The number of Navy workhorse ships has been halved and the Army reduced to its smallest size since the Napoleonic war. Our spectacular new aircraft carriers and the F-35 fighter jet programme are mired in controversy. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces face questions about their purpose. The bitter experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan have undermined the concept of the military as a 'force for good.' Voters are now sceptical of discretionary wars in faraway places. Aside from sporadic jihadi attacks, few believe there is any real threat to our way of life.

Product code: 9781785904103

ISBN 9781785904103
No. Of Pages 400
Publisher Biteback Publishing
Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott investigate the state of the British Armed Forces today. Why do we still need them, and do they have what they need to do what is required of them? As external threats grow in an increasingly fragmented world, the state of our Armed Forces is becoming a dominant theme in and outside of Westminster.