Really interesting conference this afternoon presided over by a couple of stars. An item raised was the future of the RAF Regiment in the light of the drawdown of the RAF Regiment from each of the big theatres: Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, and soon somewhere else. There appears to be some serious discussions about what to do with the SRDG. I suppose the problem starts when one has to accept that the RAF manning liability has been capped and the RAF are being asked to continue to increase their key enabler and ISR capabilities. Some second order issues are filtering slowly to the top. Firstly, HQ DRA has formed the opinion that is gaining some traction in town that GBAD should fall to LF to meet. Secondly, DGSyPol has expressed a concern that a large amount of confusion reigns about where Sy sits between the three services: particularly in the Land environment (is it an Int or Police thing or is it a more general FP issue?). Thirdly, DRAC is pushing for ownership of more organic terminal attack control. And, fourthly, and I suppose most relevant, is the massive concern raised in PORs about battespace deconfliction between the services, again in the Land environment. There is a real conflict between a failure to disguise unit boundaries on the one hand, and avoiding crossing boundaries on the other. Transiting through different battlespaces is becoming an issue for even the noblest and finest system managers, since I am sure you know switching from one net to another but not being entirely sure that the system won't kick you off is having an impact on user confidence. Anyway to the meat. The proposal is such that the RAF Regiment, because it doesn't contribute to the OCP in the same way as LF and FLEET units do, is the target of the next round of rationalisation in PR09. Quite frankly it is fairly low-hanging fruit.