According to BBC news webpage, General Dannatt has made a speech saying tour intervals need to be longer (30months), equipment improved and perhaps most importantly proposes a re-structuring of Brigades from 10 to 6 in order to achieve balance. Interestingly one of the linked articles on the side reports the Defence Secretary saying that the UK would seriously consider any USA request for more troops for Afghanistan. Hard to see how this can be reconciled with the General's aspirations. Are they not speaking now that CGS is nearing his retirement in the Summer? A further link on the page quotes Milliband as saying that reports of a further 2,000 UK troops being deployed are purely speculation. It reminds me of when John Reid was challenged after his "not a single shot" claim. He was asked in an interview whether reports of 4,500 troops going into Afghanistan were correct. He repeatedly said that such reports were wildly inaccurate, speculation and not figures he recognised. Of course he was telling the truth - we were planning on a deployment of 5,500. Politicians - you know when they are lying because their lips are moving.