Defence Secretary keynote speech at the Air and Space Power Conference 2020

The Defence Secretary Presented a keynote speech at the Air and Space Power Conference 2020 where he announced the £65 million contract for the Protector aircraft.

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Chef

LE
' Blending of Regulars and Reservists flexibly.'

I always read comments like that as:

'The reason the TA/AR serve wherever the regulars are is because we're too tight to pay for enough real soldiers'
 
' Blending of Regulars and Reservists flexibly.'

I always read comments like that as:

'The reason the TA/AR serve wherever the regulars are is because we're too tight to pay for enough real soldiers'
If you read the full speech you get "The future is":

Air
Space
Unmanned
Surface and sub surface Navy
Nuclear
Cyber
AI

and the Army? Losing the game by the looks of things certainly hasn't the intellectual ability or technical skills.
 

Cyberhacker

Old-Salt
Interesting that at the Air and Space Power Conference 2020 he starts with a shout-out to the RAF, and finishes with "But the RAF gets it" - but no mention whatsoever of the Fleet Air Arm nor the Army Air Corps.

And while the headline is about drones, no mention of the Royal Regiment of Artillery either ;-)
 
Interesting that at the Air and Space Power Conference 2020 he starts with a shout-out to the RAF, and finishes with "But the RAF gets it" - but no mention whatsoever of the Fleet Air Arm nor the Army Air Corps.

And while the headline is about drones, no mention of the Royal Regiment of Artillery either ;-)
Still a good chance AAC may be absorbed into RAF. In fairness to him this was an RAF centric event so he was playing to his audience
 

Yarra

Old-Salt
' Blending of Regulars and Reservists flexibly.'

I always read comments like that as:

'The reason the TA/AR serve wherever the regulars are is because we're too tight to pay for enough real soldiers'
~75K soft wet bodies are a big capitation commitment.

DS is simply challenging the Army to look at what the RAF do well in integrating manpower on different/varied TACOS. Best practice is out there. If the Army doesn't grip it, DC will grip us. The Future is hurtling toward us and I'm not sure we are ready.
 

Chef

LE
~75K soft wet bodies are a big capitation commitment.

DS is simply challenging the Army to look at what the RAF do well in integrating manpower on different/varied TACOS. Best practice is out there. If the Army doesn't grip it, DC will grip us. The Future is hurtling toward us and I'm not sure we are ready.
I can see that but politicians of all hues are happy enough to 'punch above our weight' Quote:
'Global Britain must step in in an increasingly unstable world of constant competition' Why must we?

This is fine in an emergency but not as a default setting. Do we actually have enough regular personnel to man the equipment we have? Reserves are all well and good but can the be used on a one year posting to Ark Royal?

Mobilising the reserve RAMC units for Covid merely highlighted that many specialist reserve units do the same job in real life.

The bulk of the speech seems to be a melange of management speak and team building bolleaux:

'Don’t try to second guess intentions from Head Office.

Instead give me a true perspective.

Tell me what the options are and outline the alternatives.

You’re asking government to commit to your vision.

So paint a picture for me of the future battlespace.'


He did miss out, if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

Having armed forces is expensive. A fact that politicos never address except when cutting them.
 

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