Reform: 4-Pillars of the Liberal Awakening

Political Reform

Constitution - Europe - Environment - Trade - Foreign Policy - Security & Defence

Security & Defence
  1. Purpose of Security Expenditure:
    1. Defend the United Kingdom from external hostile threats
    2. Protect our democratic society and its values from internal organisations who oppose these values and want to take violent and illegal action to implement.
    3. Protect threats to our ability to trade around the world.
  2. De-commission our Aircraft Carriers
    1. They serve no purpose to any perceived or real threats.
    2. Against any potential strong enemy (eg. Russia or China) they are too vulnerable to use and will not be allowed to go to sea.
    3. Against any soft targets (pirates, guerillas etc) they are completely unnecessary and over specified.
    4. They hark back to an imperialist mentality of projecting power: a vanity project by politicians and generals who hark back to world that no longer exist.
  3. Army
    1. Emphasis on specialist troops.
    2. Reduce overall numbers: if large numbers are needed in regional conflicts then local troops to be trained and used.
    3. Remaining troops to be equipped with the most state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained for new digital warfare.
    4. Heavy Tanks to be phased out: replaced with fast transportable armoured vehicles.
  4. Air Force and Army to merge.
    1. A separate strategic air force is no longer required.
    2. Instead of bidding against each other, the two services are to develop an integrated system for all soft and hard threats.
    3. Air force procurement will be based on:
      1. homeland defence against missiles, high speed aircraft, and electronic warfare.
      2. Army support (Helicopters, anti-tank, electronic countermeasure, early warning, rapid reaction transport etc).
  5. Navy
    1. Strategic Role:
      1. any potential threats from military superpowers (eg. China and Russia) requires an emphasis on submarines, and anti-missile, anti-shipping,& electronic countermeasure equipment.
      2. The age of large capital shipping is over: There is no perceived threat these large vessels are useful for.
      3. Large slow vulnerable frigates and cruisers to be phased out. They are over specified for counter-insurgency operations and skirmishes, and too vulnerable against potential strong enemies.
    2. Insurgency support:
      1. Support the army and marines with amphibious and rapid reaction equipment.
    3. Trade Routes
      1. Fast moving heavily armed vessels to protect against piracy.
  6. Trident Nuclear Deterrent
    1. A world of Democratic nations will have no need for Nuclear Weapons. Both unilateral and multilateral disarmament should quickly follow.
    2. However, until that situation arises, Trident offers the cheapest and simplest means of ensuring that the United Kingdom is protected.
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