Projecting hard power across the channel IS defence of these islands.But surely the first mission is defence of these islands and I'd be surprised if you could argue that the BA is in any shape or form ready or configured for this primary task?
Projecting hard power across the channel IS defence of these islands.
Would you rather have the pitched battle in Kent, or somewhere the other side of the Channel? Or not at all because our likely adversaries know that they wouldn't get to the Channel in the first place.
I presume that 148 tanks will equip three armoured regiments at about 45 per regiment? Not many reserves though. The Krauts have seven battalions of Leopard 2A7s (or six-and-a-bit depending on source) and the Frogs four regiments of Leclercs (for all my mind wanders towards an armoured Citroen it's supposed to be OK for a thirty-year-old vehicle). Once again our politicians are going for the cheap alternative.
You think Trident alone would stop our likely adversaries from reaching the Portuguese coast? How would we fare with Trident alone when we were staring at the hordes across the Straight of Dover?neither, Trident ensures no ones invading Kent anytime soon.
Any more generalisms you would like to trot out? The Army doesn't own the big equipment programs. I think you'll find they are politically led. Do you think we would chose what we get if given a choice?The British Army is getting the Army it deserves.
it did nothing, precisely zero, to come up with a viable vision for what it wants to be, and a costed and realistic equipment plan to get there in the last 10 years.
instead, it’s lived in a fantasy land of powerpoint armies, swanning majestically across Europe and the Sahel smitting all and sundry, while it experienced block obsolescence of whole capabilities, and its existing equipment plans became ever more disasterous.
the Chickens have come home to roost - the civilians DID come and sort them out.