British Defense Policy Following The Falkland Islands War
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEIn 1953, Blaker joined the British Diplomatic Service and served successivley in Phnom Penh and Ottawa. He returned to the Foreign Office in London in 1960 and from 1962 to 1964 was Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. In 1964 he was elected to Parliament as member for his present constituency and was an Opposition Whip from 1966 to 1967. When the Conservative Party returned to office in 1970 he was appointed first of all to be Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and later to the offices of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Army in the Ministry of Defense and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1979, on the return of the Government now headed by Mrs. Thatcher, he was promoted to be minister of State in the FCO.SUMMARY Blaker presented a credible argument for his government's involvement in the Falklands War - because British "stock" should not be subjected to a foreign dictatorship they do not want and to show that Britain will be resolute in her defense of freedom in the face of the most serious threat, the USSR. He listed the elements of Britain's defense now that the results of the war and where Britain is have been evaluated: 1. Britain cannot go it alone. 2. Will contribute to NATO. 3. Spending will shift from building platforms to building weapons - conventional forces for hitting and staying power. He emphasized that while the technological aspects are important, what made the difference for the British was the training, background, and fitness of all the volunteer force.