DEFENCE (FRONT BENCH) – LONG-TERM STRATEGY – 8 May 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: Given that we are engaged in not one but two major counter-insurgency campaigns, there is no danger of our doubting that we will have to be prepared for things other than state-on-state warfare. However, does the hon. Gentleman (Nick Harvey) not accept that, because pretty much all the post-Second World War examples of state-on-state warfare broke out entirely unpredictably, to talk about reconfiguring our Forces to have a much reduced capacity to deal with such warfare is rather dangerous?