The call “reaffirmed the importance of the special US-UK relationship & discussed mutual security concerns” according to the new US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, to serve as Secretary of Defense – the first Black American in the role.
Austin also said in a tweet that it was “an honor and a privilege” to serve as the defence secretary, adding that he was “especially proud” to be the first African American to hold the position.
Also, recently, U.S. Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson has said that there is “no stronger defense relationship” than that between the United States and United Kingdom.
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— U.S. Ambassador to the UK (@USAmbUK) January 13, 2021
The UK Government said recently:
“The UK and the US has the broadest, deepest and most advanced defence relationship of any two nations and troops from both countries continue to operate around the world together in places such as Afghanistan, South China Sea, the Middle East, and Europe.”
The following is from ‘Indispensable allies: US, NATO and UK Defence relations’, a report published by the Defence Select Committee.
“Wyn Rees, Professor of International Security at the University of Nottingham, agreed that the UK had benefited from our nuclear relationship with the US, our intelligence relationship, our ability to purchase US weaponry below development cost and our UK military’s inter-operability with their US counterparts. On the other hand, he believed that UK-US security co-operation had adversely affected UK and US relationships with the EU.
James Rogers, director of the Global Britain Programme at the Henry Jackson Society, thought the UK-US relationship was based on geostrategic reality and that the two countries would become more inter-dependent as the strategic environment worsened. However, he suggested that this would depend on the UK being willing to sustain the relationship through continued development of strategic capabilities and acceptance of political necessities.”
You can read the full text here.