Lord Drayson, Minister for Defence Procurement, made his first keynote address to the Royal United Services Institute on 12 September 2005.
Speaking about the Defence Industrial Strategy at a Conference on "Military Capabilities in the 21st Century", Lord Drayson said:
"I intend the Strategy to be published before Christmas. I not only think that the public and industry deserve some clearer answers, I also know that several companies are fundamentally reviewing their business strategies over the next few months. Industry's independent conclusions could, if we are not crystal clear, see some industrial capabilities disappearing, before we have specified whether or not MOD regards them as important. And if we do think they are, we will have to go at least some way to saying what the consequences are."
"By December, we will not be able to cover all the sectors to the same depth, and there will be an element of ongoing work. But I am demanding gritty conclusions on shipbuilding and ship support; fixed wing aircraft (including UAVs); rotorcraft; guided weapons; general munitions; armoured fighting vehicles; and a number of other key areas."
The Defence Industrial Strategy will build on the existing Defence Industrial Policy by seeking to address some of the difficult questions surrounding the future shape of the defence industrial base. It will develop a clearer joint understanding across Government, and with industry, of the capabilities required in the future and that it may be advantageous to retain or develop within the UK defence industrial base.
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