The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to set up three new regional British Defence Staffs (BDS) in the Gulf, Asia Pacific, and West Africa to expand its global defence footprint.
The proposed regional hubs will be based in Dubai, Singapore, and Abuja to provide greater focus for the UK’s defence efforts.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Setting up new BDFs will broaden our global reach, support regional stability and security, and ensure greater cooperation with our partners.
“Backed by a rising defence budget, this shows Britain is stepping up across the world to keep us safe at home.”
The BDS will work together with international partners to protect and further the UK’s interests by strengthening existing bilateral and multilateral defence and security relationships.
These plans to set up regional defence hubs in the Gulf builds on the the UK's significant permanent presence, strengthening engagement with the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as announced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the recent GCC summit.
The BDS will reaffirm defence engagement, training, and exercising with partner nations in the Asia Pacific and it will help Nigeria and other countries around the Lake Chad Basin focus on transnational threats from Boko Haram terrorists.