Defence Engagement: The British Army’s Role in Building Security and Stability Overseas
General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC, Chief of the General Staff, British Army
Chair: Allan Mallinson, Defence Commentator and Author, The Making of the British Army
General Sir Peter Wall will discuss how the British Army is changing as it withdraws from Afghanistan and looks to future challenges. He will describe in particular how the British Army’s renewed focus on 'defence engagement' with partner nations is designed to help prevent conflict and build regional security and stability, and how this fits into the wider UK government approach.
He will argue that the army is well placed to support this change in emphasis – with a long history of working with principal UK allies to build military capability and with partner nations to develop their security capacity. He will outline how this role supports UK overseas interests and counters threats to the United Kingdom, and reflect on how it fits within the wider transformation of the British Army.