In an age of austerity and uncertainty, can Britain's security be assured - and its place in the world maintained? The British government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, released in October 2010, was long overdue. The former strategy did not account for the challenges faced by the armed forces in a post-9/11 world, and the financial crisis had rendered the defence programme unsustainable. Written by the foremost independent security and defence experts, including Hew Strachan and Malcolm Chambers, this vital new book analyses every important facet of the review: the impact of the spending cuts; decisions on military equipment; relationships with allies; intelligence sources; and the ethical dimensions of modern security policy in a globalised yet disordered world. A Question of Security sets the core agenda for all wishing to understand the defence problems Britain now faces - and for those in government who will have to continue to answer these difficult questions in a generational moment for UK defence policy.