This report serves as a warning to those policymakers wishing to undertake a strategic reset. The authors examine the concept of a strategic reset through the prism of the future of conflict. For all the futures thinking which takes place in defence ministries, these exercises very rarely bring about major policy change, let alone strategic resets. One of the main reasons is that strategic resets butt up against a host of ingrained and implied values, images of national identity and subsequent choices about the future of war, force structure and weapons acquisition. For the United Kingdom, in particular, ideas about the type of role on the international stage that Britain ought to occupy are deeply embedded and challenging those will not just be about finding clever military solutions—it will also be about changing and shifting a set of perceptions about national identity. The best course of action may perhaps be to act fast to shift ingrained self-perceptions about Britain’s role on the global stage.