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Replacement methods to British Defence coverage

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They also suggest that the White Paper improvements are similar to those suggested in their book The Uncertain Ally. Lord Hill-Norton on the other hand is not quite as convinced by the victory for the naval lobby. He welcomes the fact that the White Paper seems to have gone a long way towards recognising the need for flexible maritime power to meet unforeseen events, but he takes serious issue with the conclusion (often cited by the continentalists) that 'the lessons learned ... do not invalidate the policy we have adopted following last year's [1981] defence programme review'.

1 Economic Constraints and Political Preferences DAVID GREENWOOD This chapter is divided into three parts, reflecting its threefold purpose. It begins with a sketch of the United Kingdom's defence programme and budget, as these had taken shape by the final year in power of the Thatcher government which took office in 1979: in other words, with an account of that administration's legacy to the second Thatcher government formed in June 1983. The aim here is to furnish a point of reference for discussion of alternative approaches to security provision.

A great deal of the discussion not unnaturally centres on the Army. Not surprisingly perhaps the most radical suggestions on the restructuring of the land forces comes from a naval man, Lord Hill-Norton. He suggests that the concentration on national tasks implies the need to put increased emphasis on mobile, relatively lightly equipped forces with a high proportion of infantry. He suggests that: Armoured and armoured personnel carrier holdings would be progressively reduced as anti-tank and anti-air capability is increased .

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