Dunne pointed to the key challenges of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). These included the Comprehensive Spending Review being undertaken contemporaneously with the SDSR, adapting to the changing nature of global threats and driving efficiencies (through improved management of equipment, harnessing new technology at pace, outsourcing logistics operations and brokering international procurement partnerships). A confident commitment to maintaining the UK’s strategic deterrent, force levels and an Equipment Plan growing at 1 per cent above inflation came across clearly.

The Minister highlighted the Ministry of Defence's priority to support the UK defence export market, and emphasised the need for SMEs to play an even greater role in the defence supply chain.

The discussion was moderated by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.

About the Speaker

Philip Dunne, Member of Parliament for Ludlow, entered Parliament in 2005. He became appointed Assistant Government Whip after his 2010 election. He has been a member of the work and pensions select committee, the public accounts committee and the Treasury select committee. In September 2012 he was appointed Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports. He was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Procurement after the General Election victory in 2015. Dunne is responsible for the delivery of the Defence Equipment Plan, defence exports, as well as the UK/France High Level Working Group and Defence Science and Technology. He also leads defence relations with Asia and the Gulf.