Any one else spotted the smallprint - how the MOD is going to achive 8% cuts, seems to be the perfect opportunity the powers that be have been waiting for, although how many troops this will free up for front line service I am unsure (possibly 0!!) In bold below are the two suggestions that are being implemented from the options put forward by MOD staff as to how to achive savings: The Department will manage these reductions by: · reducing or deleting older or non-essential capabilities such as Harrier jets, Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft and four Frigates; · reductions of around 17,000 Service and 25,000 civilian personnel as set out in the SDSR; · rationalising the defence estate including the sale of surplus land and buildings, likely to generate running cost savings across the estate of up to £350 million per year by 2014-15; · selling telecommunications spectrum and corporate assets (including the Defence Support Group and the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre), likely to raise in excess of £500 million over the Spending Review period; · efficiencies and improvements in military training, including the use of estate for training and supporting infrastructure; · savings from contract re-negotiations with the Defence industry; · annual savings of over £300 million per year by 2014-15 from civilian and military allowances; · reductions in commodity spend; · implementing the successor deterrent Value for Money review. In addition to the above, the Department will be adopting the following ideas, suggested through the Spending Challenge process: * civilianise Army Non-Regular Permanent Staff posts (NRPS) that do not need to be filled by military personnel freeing up servicemen and women for frontline roles. * saving electricity from reducing unnecessary lighting across the Defence Estate The Department will also deliver the capability priorities as agreed in the SDSR: · new helicopters, strategic airlift, new armoured vehicles, and enhanced Special Forces capabilities; · fleets of new hunter-killer submarines and multi-role destroyers; · two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers; · new fifth generation Joint Strike Fighters to complement the already world-beating Typhoon; and · a contribution to a cross-government programme to meet increasing cyber threats. Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: The SDSR has reshaped our Armed Forces to tackle future and emerging threats. We now also know how much money we will have to carry out the vital job of protecting Britains national security. This will enable us to bring defence policy, plans, commitments and resources into balance so that we can emerge with a coherent and affordable defence programme for the future.