The United Kingdom today published the results of its Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) to guide defense spending over the coming years. The United States appreciates the determination of Prime Minister Cameron and his government to balance the budget while maintaining the best defensive capabilities possible in a world of shifting security challenges.
We are reassured that the UK conducted its review in a thoughtful and clear-eyed manner, and that the result will be a UK military capable of meeting its NATO commitments and of remaining the most capable partner for our forces as we seek to mitigate the shared threats of the 21st Century. As Prime Minister Cameron said in his call with President Obama yesterday, and as Foreign Secretary Hague reinforced to me, the United Kingdom will remain a first rate military power.
I would like to express our appreciation for the deep friendship and unrivaled alliance shared by our two nations and their armed forces. As President Obama told the Prime Minister yesterday, we value the United Kingdom’s contributions to global security, and we appreciate the UK’s commitment to retain the full spectrum of military capabilities that enable our forces to partner together so effectively in so many areas of the world.