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Under the Scottish Government’s proposals, the main tasks for Scottish defence forces, working with other parts of government and its international partners, will be:

  • securing Scotland’s borders, land, airspace and sea, deterring attacks and protecting our citizens and assets from threat

  • protecting Scotland’s national interests and economic well being, alongside the key values and underlying principles that support Scottish society and our way of life. This task would include supporting other parts of government when necessary, for example in case of natural disasters or other national emergencies

  • contributing to the protection and promotion of human rights, the rule of law, democratic values, international peace and security and Scotland’s national interests as a good global citizen

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.