Obviously there is going to be a review by the top brass, and I do not wish to step on anyones toes, however...... I donât believe that anyone can argue that there have been huge cut-backs in our armed forces over the last 20 years. I suspect that the MASSIVE cut-backs in the RN may have contributed to this situation. PERSEC and OPSEC allowing, of course, is there any truth in this? Are there any assets (Sigint, humint, surface vessels, air support, them, more equipment, more training facilities and time) which would have helped, either to prevent the situation at all or to aid in the âfixingâ after? I do not wish to discuss anything about the conduct of those taken as that has been done to death elsewhere. My opinion as a UK civvie is that we are morally bound to do all we can for those we put in harms way (in this context I am not concerned with the justifications for either current campaign). Has a specific failing occurred which can be attributable to the lack of âinvestmentâ in our armed forces over the past couple of decades? â If so, what can be done to rectify the problem? Please pardon my presumption as I am not military but I would expect a very useful asset is a subtantial sigint capability. e.g. nimrod / ep3(?) (like the one which did the emergency landing in china, leading to a similar situation to that recently.) Do we have sufficient assets of this type, especially as we are reducing the number of these aircraft? Would extra assets like this have enabled us to know that the Iranians were planning the little incursion into Iraqi waters to kidnap our service personell? â this is just one example. I am guessing that some of the real answers to these questions should not be put up on a public discussion forum, but I canât help but think that much of the blame for this rests with TB and GB. If we can link a lack of resources to this, than maybe we have some opportunity to do something about it. Ski.