A White Paper on the future of Defence Spending has said that in future the MoD's purchases will be decided on "open competition in the domestic and global market, buying off-the-shelf where appropriate". And that "We will look first for products that are proven". It goes on to say that "The MoD does not consider wider employment, industrial, or economic factors in its value for money assessments" So, is this an end to Defence R&D in the UK and a move to buying other nations ships, vehicles etc.. which have been proven already. An end to prototypes with "Made in Britain" stamped on them, or simple a bump in the road? Would this mean that companies like BAE ill go to the wall? Will the RAF try to order French jets instead of the Eurofighter like India? And will it matter to the Services where the kit is sourced from? Will we miss BAE's products, or just their waterproof ammo bags? Thoughts Arrsers?