This paper comprises two distinct but related contributions at a roundtable event entitled ‘Land Forces Fit for the 21st Century’, held at Chatham House in March 2011.
The first part, by Professor Paul Cornish, is based on the presentation with which he opened the debate and set the context for the day’s discussion. It develops the detail of many of the ideas expressed. In particular, with a strong focus on the need for a clear strategy to guide land forces for the foreseeable future, it analyses the challenges facing Britain’s armed forces and the strategic choices that must be made.
The second part, by Olivier Grouille, provides an overview and summary of the day’s proceedings and outlines the different dimensions of the debate, which was held under the Chatham House Rule.