UK and US unveil new plans to address rising threats

5 February 2018 (Last Updated February 5th, 2018 11:47)

The UK and the US Governments have unveiled new plans to enhance security and defence against growing threats faced by both allies.

UK and US unveil new plans to address rising threats
James Mattis meets Gavin Williamson. Credit: Crown copyright.

The UK and the US Governments have unveiled new plans to enhance security and defence against growing threats faced by both allies.

The plans follow the UK’s announcement of its Modernising Defence Programme and the US National Defense Strategy.

Both the programmes focus primarily on upgrading forces in order to help manage the increasing shared threats faced on several fronts, as well as bolstering existing international alliances and forging new ones.

“The collaboration between the nations is expected to strengthen as the UK intends to make new partnerships and trade deals outside of Europe post-Brexit.”

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our two countries face the same threats in an increasingly dangerous world.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield, we share vital intelligence and technology, and our century-long relationship is the closest of any two allies across the globe. Together, we will always keep the streets of the UK and the US safe, protect our citizens and defend our way of life.”

Partnerships between the UK and the US include a wide range of significant projects, such as the F-35 programme, unmanned air systems (UASs) and a common missile compartment (CMC) for the UK-US ballistic missile submarines.

The defence trade partnership between the two countries is valued at $3bn.

The collaboration between the nations is expected to strengthen as the UK intends to make new partnerships and trade deals outside of Europe post-Brexit.