First of all thanks to Dr Fox for his answer and to Arrse for facilitating this process. In response, I agree with his strategic assessment of the dangers facing the region and that given our defacto links to Pakistan the outcome falls directly within our national interest. However that part of the answer seems to invalidate his earlier suggestion, that procurement decisions have to be set within the context of a challenging economic climate. If the issue is one of vital national security then such constraints cannot reasonably apply. The alternative of robbing Peter to pay Paul is not credible and Afghanistan must not be fought at the expense of vital conventional capability in other areas. The money is there, it merely requires the will to prioritise.