Sources of Military Change: Emulation, Politics, and Concept Development in UK Defence

David Morgan-Owen*, Aimee Fox, Alex Gould

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Abstract

Judging by its doctrinal publications, the UK Defence establishment stands poised to begin a process of unprecedented change. The language of ‘multi-domain’ thinking is prominent within this discourse and is identified as being a key vehicle via which UK Defence will deliver upon its programme of reform. This article seeks to offer an initial evaluation of these claims and to assess them in light of the burgeoning literatures on Western defence ‘transformation’ and military innovation that have emerged since the early 2000s. We argue that ‘multi-domain’ thinking reflects a form of ‘cosmetic’ emulation by the British Defence establishment and that its appearance within UK doctrine has been driven more by internal politics than by a clearly thought-through adoption of a new form of military practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
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Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2023

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