The table on page 206 shows that the defense budget will be increased by a couple of billion by 2010, but also that it fell from last years budget high by 3.1 billion. Thus, they are decreasing the amount and then telling everybody that slowly restoring the money is an increase.
This is a fcuking joke. It shows that the government doesn't give a sh*t about defence, and is doing the least possible.
Don't hold your breath for all the decent kit you've been waiting for; everybody knows that the first Â£1.8bn always vanishes into some MOD "initiative" like repainting office ceilings to boost civvy-staff morale.
How many zillions will be spent on modifying the Chinouks that have been in storage for years?
Well guys and gals if you will insist on firing expensive live ammo at Mr Talliban don't expect New Liabour to come to your aid after all they were only the ones who massively reduced defence spending before committing you to fight on two fronts.