Much of what SofS said in his speech has been doing the rounds for some time in Army circles and also in some topics in this forum. For those who did not hear the speech, a version is here: http://www.rusi.org/cgi-bin/public/view.cgi?object=obj113&uniqueid=PR00016 To condense his speech to a couple of points: - We need a more a flexible and deployable medium force. - There is no more money. Therefore what are we going to cut to fund it ? I have to say that I agree with much of what SofS says. It is logical and based on our experience to date. If we want to influence then the best way to do it is to stay with the US and influence them by being a partner. I am very anti cutting more Regiments - because once done they can never be replaced and we also lose some flexibility. There is no doubting that the future Army will have to be very deployable. Operational tours abroad will now be the norm rather than a rarity. This can only be good for the Army and the nation.