Defence in the media: Friday 17 February

Defence news today includes reporting on the new Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office joint international defence engagement strategy, the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Brussels, and military mental health.

New Defence Strategy

The Herald and the Guardian report that Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have launched the joint international defence engagement strategy ahead of the Munich Security Conference, announcing the UK’s intent to be a ‘dynamic, agile, cutting-edge global power’.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

Our increased ambition for Defence Engagement abroad demonstrates the UK’s global role. Whether it’s by increasing our military expertise in the Middle East, training Nigerian forces in maritime security, or RAF Typhoons exercising over South Korea, Britain is committed to working internationally to protect our people and interests.


The Daily Mail continues coverage of this week’s NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

NATO has been a guarantee of mutual security for more than half a century. Britain is now calling for our partners to step up and share burdens on spending and help it become more agile in dealing with new threats including cyber and terrorism. 

As leading player in the Alliance we recognise the importance of backing up our operational and exercise commitments with investment in new equipment to deal with threats to our security.

Military Mental Health

The Herald, the Scotsman, and The Sun, report on a study by King’s College London on military mental health screening.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

We don’t use post-operational mental health screening and regularly review how we manage the mental health of our Armed Forces – currently we use an effective combination of other initiatives ranging from prevention to treatment to help protect our people.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis talks with Britain's Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon during a North Atlantic Council meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 15, 2017.

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