30 March 2020 – ‘Post COVID-19: What’s on the Other Side?’

History shows us that governments (and, indeed, militaries) have an excellent track record of preparing for the recurrence of the last crisis, but, perhaps, a less impressive record in preparing for the as-yet unforeseen next crisis. For any government, and for any military, the backdrop of international events and relationships should form the context in which defence policy and development is conducted. And against which crisis-preparation plans are made. So, as the Coronavirus occupies our government and our military with the immediate demands of coping with an unprecedented national and global crisis, those with the capacity to pause for thought should do just that. This short article seeks to provide a quick horizon-scan giving some seeds of thought that may be worth germinating over the coming weeks and months.