Defence Committee major new inquiry on Future Army 2020

#1
from a Defence Committee announcement just out:

The Defence Committee is today announcing a major new inquiry into the future of the Army as envisaged in the Ministry of Defence’s plans for Future Army 2020. The inquiry will examine the rationale behind the plans, the resources required and the achievability of Army 2020. It will not examine decisions on individual regiments and units or specific basing decisions.

The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) set out the Government’s initial plans for the Army element of Future Force 2020, including five multi-role brigades, a high-readiness force and a reduction of 7,000 Army personnel to leave a Force strength of 95,000 by 2015. However the SDSR also acknowledged that further work was required. It set out plans for a basing review, including the return of UK Armed Forces from Germany by 2020, and a study into the future role and structure of Reserve Forces by an Independent Commission which reported in July 2011.

Since the SDSR, these plans have been revised and developed. In July 2012, the Government published Modernising to face an unpredictable future—Transforming the British Army which set out plans “designed around an Adaptable Force capable of persistent engagement at home and overseas and a Reaction Force at readiness capable of warfighting to meet the next challenge”. The vision of Army 2020 is an integrated Army of 112,000 personnel of whom 30,000 will be Reservists. In November 2012, the Government launched a consultation on the future of Reserve Forces and their role in UK Armed Forces and the MoD is expected to announce its findings in Spring 2013. In March 2013, the Government announced the outcomes of its Regular Army basing review. Further announcements on basing plans, such as those for Reserve Forces and other Services, are expected during 2013.

The Committee is particularly interested in:
• The strategic rationale for Army 2020, the Army’s future role and how these were translated into the proposed structures;
• How Army 2020 will be implemented, including how the process will be managed and how progress will be measured and costs calculated;
• The possible impact of future National Security Strategies, Strategic Defence and Security Reviews and Comprehensive Spending Reviews;
• The key challenges in achieving Army 2020, including the outcomes of the Regular Army basing review, the withdrawal of Armed Forces from Germany and the role of Reserves;
• Command arrangements for Army 2020; and
• Personnel challenges, including recruitment, retention, and training (including combined training for Regular and Reserve Forces).

The Committee expects to take oral evidence during the Summer and Autumn of 2013. The Committee would welcome written evidence to this inquiry which should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Monday 3 June 2013.
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#4
Good review:
Proper discussion about whether Army 2020 is fit for purpose. And, if found not to be, makes coherent, credible and non-partisan recommendations as to how to improve the military capacity and capability.

Bad review:
Series of politicians queue up to demand why so-and-so regiment was chopped etc etc etc. Committee then makes recommendations for selfish political reasons that only serve to degrade the military capacity and capability.
 
#9
So it's another review to justify keeping as many ceremonial regiments as possible?

More horse drawn artillery than tanks, and more cavalry horses than tracked cavalry vehicles.
 
#12
From the announcement:

The inquiry will examine the rationale behind the plans, the resources required and the achievability of Army 2020.

It will not examine decisions on individual regiments and units or specific basing decisions.
 
#13
Has anyone thought about lobbying to get rid of the RAF Regt?
It can't be got rid of (not until the RAF is split between the Army and RN).

Without the RAF Regiment the RAF is just a bunch of civilians in blue uniform.
 
#14
From the announcement:

The inquiry will examine the rationale behind the plans, the resources required and the achievability of Army 2020.

It will not examine decisions on individual regiments and units or specific basing decisions.
Hackle,

You have more faith in our elected members to respect the ToR than I do. :wink:
 
#15
Well that's just dandy. T3 redundancies loom and we're working out whether we can do what we might or might not be asked to do. Makes you feel good dunnit.
 
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Davetheclown

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#16
Paras, RAF Reg, PTI Corp and god awful Civil Servants that plague our corridors, all for the chop hopefully.

Then back on planet Earth, can they have a look at wether we are a force, militia or standing Army, get rid of the more with less mantra. Senior leadership are leaving in droves as also the guys on the ground. They will not stand for it, also please stop it with the TA, as a backstop. I personally think that if you join the TA you do basic training for 15 weeks, pass out then go on deployment training then deploy. On return to UK you go and do normal TA stuff. TA is no longer a drinking club, airsofting with bullets and hangout with Gareths.

Someone to get a grip of SPVA and Resettlement, and Retention. Someone to get private contractors off camp out of the NAAFI and cookhouse. Also to enhance the Military Covenant.
 

Bowmore_Assassin

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#17
Paras, RAF Reg, PTI Corp and god awful Civil Servants that plague our corridors, all for the chop hopefully.

Then back on planet Earth, can they have a look at wether we are a force, militia or standing Army, get rid of the more with less mantra. Senior leadership are leaving in droves as also the guys on the ground. They will not stand for it, also please stop it with the TA, as a backstop. I personally think that if you join the TA you do basic training for 15 weeks, pass out then go on deployment training then deploy. On return to UK you go and do normal TA stuff. TA is no longer a drinking club, airsofting with bullets and hangout with Gareths.

Someone to get a grip of SPVA and Resettlement, and Retention. Someone to get private contractors off camp out of the NAAFI and cookhouse. Also to enhance the Military Covenant.
Not after much are you :)

Your sentiments might be right but it'll never happen. We were sold out and nothing is going to change it.


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#18
Nicely timed so that it doesn't effect the next round of inter/intra-Service posturing for SDSR15. Can anyone point out a Defence Select Committee report that's actually changed the way we've done business?
 
#19
It can't be got rid of (not until the RAF is split between the Army and RN).

Without the RAF Regiment the RAF is just a bunch of civilians in blue uniform.
I think you will find that even with the RAF Regt the RAF is just a bunch of civilians in blue uniform.
 
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Zarathustra

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#20
Has anyone thought about lobbying to get rid of the RAF Regt?
Think of the savings to be made not having to replace all the body armour they shoot, after they've failed in their job of protecting an airbase, such as Bastion for example.
 

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