Ares & Athena – Issue 9

The CHACR’s inaugural workshop in July 2015 addressed how the Army should best contribute to the UK’s strategic influence and prosperity. This challenge was viewed largely through the lens of defence engagement overseas and, consequently, the first edition of Ares & Athena focused on the linkages between the Army’s capacity-building activities and the Government’s ‘prosperity agenda’. This caused the senior officer responsible for engagement within the UK, GOC Regional Command, to reflect that this focus omitted the Army’s contribution to prosperity at home and to UK society in general, benefits that he had found are not always well understood by national policy-makers.