Prime Minister to use Integrated Review to boost investment in domestic industries

Boris Johnson will outline plans to boost investment in domestic industries when he announces the results of the government’s comprehensive foreign and defense policy review this week.

The Prime Minister said Britain’s international ambitions must ‘start at home’ as he pledged to use the Integrated Review to ensure the UK is at the forefront of innovation and “adapted” to a more competitive world.

Mr Johnson is expected to advocate for more investment in national infrastructure, innovation and skills – with an incentive to invest in sectors such as defence, technology and alternative energy.

He is said to want the UK to be stronger and more secure, prosperous and resilient by 2030.

The integrated review – covering foreign, defence, security and development policy – has been touted as the most significant overhaul of the UK’s strategic posture since the Cold War.

It will include commitments to build ships in Scotland and armored vehicles in Wales, and contain plans for satellites to be manufactured in Northern Ireland and lithium to be mined in Cornwall.

Our international ambitions must start at homePrime Minister Boris Johnson

In November, Mr Johnson announced a £16.5billion increase in defense spending over four years and said the UK would once again be Europe’s top naval power, while the RAF would get new jets high technology and that the army would be modernized.

Plans included the creation of a dedicated artificial intelligence agency and a “space command” capable of launching Britain’s first rocket by 2022.

Mr Johnson announced this weekend that there will be a “cyber corridor” in the north of England, where the headquarters of the new National Cyber ​​Force (NCF) will be based.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will make a statement in the House of Commons outlining the findings of the review.

Before the statement, he said: “The foundation of our foreign policy is who we are as a country: our values, our strengths and – above all – our people.

“So I am determined to ensure that we have a foreign policy that benefits these people.

The foundation of our foreign policy is who we are as a country: our values, our strengths and, above all, our people.Boris Johnson

“Our international ambitions must start at home, and through the Integrated Review we will bring investment back into our communities, ensuring the UK is at the forefront of innovation and creating a whole country fit for purpose. a more competitive world. ”

Mr Johnson is also expected to announce in the review that the number of staff at the East Kilbride-based Foreign Office will increase by 500.

It is the latest Whitehall department to move more staff out of London as part of the government’s ‘upgrade’ scheme.

While the integrated review is expected to mark a move away from ‘industrial age’ capabilities, such as heavy armor, towards future battlefields such as cyber and space, Mr Johnson was warned that the Kingdom United could be overtaken in a war with Russia. .

MPs on the Commons Defense Committee said the British Army’s aging tanks and armored vehicles would likely find themselves outgunned and outgunned in any conflict with Russian forces.

In a scathing report, the Committee said a series of botched procurement programs meant the army was left with a fleet of armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) facing “massive obsolescence”.

He said that whatever the outcome of the review, the army must regain its “credibility” as it currently lacks sufficient armored capabilities to make an “effective contribution” to NATO deterrence.

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