Is it time to examine more closely how the French defense establishment is run? France and the UK have a similar world role, and almost identical defense budgets. How then are the French able to maintain almost 200,000 extra active service troops and a similar number again of reserve troops? It would be understandable if their troops had little training, were equipped with AKs and are in general shit; however, this is not the case. They manage to retain a far broader spectrum of capabilities than we manage, with the addition of developing almost all of their weapon systems unilaterally (including nuclear). Furthermore it is usual for them to maintain approximately 30,000+ personnel on overseas operations. Where are we going wrong...?