Am I alone in noticing that as the MOD cuts swathes through its equipment programme for the sake of a relative pittance (but in difficult years), the same MOD is about to commit hundreds of millions to PFI solutions to a training contract that simply is not needed? No-one I have ever met seriously doubts the quality of our young folk when they come out of the existing training system. Their performance in sandy places confirms that the system ain't broke. So why replace it and deny ourselves millions of pounds worth of real benefit in order to fund it? And as for the wisdom of committing the delivery of key training to consortia underwritten largely by the expectation of 'available money'; in the current climate the mind boggles!