The UK ministry of defence has issued a press statement confirming the redesignation of its Joint Force Command (JFC) to Strategic Command as part of reorganisation to improve integration and enhance its role, as outlined in a speech last week by chief of the defence staff, General Sir Nick Carter at the Royal United Services Institute
New defence responsibilities now include:
providing leadership in the cyber domain for the MOD
generating and developing capabilities for defence across the land, sea, air, cyber and space domains
preparing for and coordinating joint operations
educating and training the joint force of today and of the future
leading in the information environment for defence and providing the MOD’s information and communication technology systems.
The changes follow Lord Levene’s report on defence reform in 2011 which recommended that a joint service organisation should be formed within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to better support our UK Armed Forces.
In 2012, JFC was established and was responsible for joint operations, intelligence, medical services, information systems, training and education, special forces and our overseas bases.
In 2018 the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir Nick Carter and the Permanent Secretary for the MOD, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, directed that a review of JFC should be undertaken to identify ways that JFC could be adapted to better support MOD’s outputs.
The outcome of the review validated the contribution of JFC to date, but it went further in recommending the changes outlined above.