Posted on July 25, 2019
Speaking for the first time since the announcement, Mr Wallace said: “As a former Officer with the Scots Guards, it is an honour to take up this role at the Ministry of Defence. I know first-hand the dedication and hard-work of our Armed Forces and I will be committed to ensuring their interests come first. I look forward to getting started and meeting colleagues from across the department and our military.”
On his first day as Defence Secretary, Mr Wallace tweeted thanking his predecessor: “As I start my first day as Defence Secretary I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Penny Mordaunt. She is a wonderful colleague and did a great job at the MoD. Big shoes to fill!”
Mr Wallace was commissioned into the Scots Guards at 20 years of age and during the 1990s served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America. In 1992 he was mentioned in dispatches. He will also come into the job well briefed on at least some aspects of a complex job having served as Home Office Minister for Security and Economic Crime since 2016. It is a job that includes responsibilities for implementing the strategic defence and security review and counter-terrorism.
Given what will be in his in-tray at the Ministry of Defence, stated interests in Iran, and the Middle East along with the USA, Foreign policy and intelligence may also serve him well.