We have had a busy start to the New Year, culminating in the launch of Commentary 13 on 17th January. The authors and our CEO, Andy Smith, put a great deal of work into producing “STRATEGIC DEFENCE & SECURITY REVIEW 2015: ONE YEAR ON” and I hope you will take the time to read it. It was launched at the RAF Club at the same time as the Prime Minister was delivering her speech on Brexit elsewhere! There was nothing that could be done about that, but it was encouraging that we still had a good press turnout and a good question and answer session.
A few days before that there was a debate in the House of Lords on “Armed Forces Capability” introduced by Lord Robertson. It was encouraging to see that there was cross-party concern about the strength of our armed forces. Two of our Patrons spoke in the debate with Lord West being followed by Lord Campbell. A portion of Lord West’s speech is on our Homepage and you can read the whole debate here.
It was not a long debate, so please don’t be put off reading it.
We held our latest Board Meeting on 18th January during which we co-opted a new member to the Board. Fred Dupuy had a 45 year career in the Merchant Navy and has just contributed his second discussion paper which will be on the website shortly. Keep your eyes open for “Are Big Ships really Sinking the RN?” To read more about Fred go to “About Us’ and select “Directors”.
Finally, the venue for the Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture has been booked. We have been fortunate enough to gain access to the Palace of Westminster once again. The lecture will be in Committee Room 6 at 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th May.