Defence Policy Review: Future Force Design Principles Cabinet paper

Published: 04 Aug 2023

Category: Cabinet material

This publication provides documents pertaining to Cabinet’s 26 June 2023 decision to agree to the second product of the Defence Policy Review, the Future Force Design Principles.

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The pack comprises the following documents:

  • Cabinet minute: Defence Policy Review: Future Force Design Principles [CAB-23-MIN-0265]
  • Cabinet paper: Defence Policy Review: Future Force Design Principles [CAB-23-SUB-0265]

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