General Sir David Richards speaks......

#2
He mentioned bankrupt Countries cannot afford to defend themselves........

Fighting talk? Particularly as Sarkozy is getting a bit of a gob on him as far as the UK and CMD goes......
 

Wordsmith

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#4
All sensible organisations (including I hope the MOD) have contingency plans for likely scenarios.

The MOD is not saying that the Euro is going to collapse, only that its now a possibility. In that event, the MOD would look pretty dumb if it had no plans in place. For example, it it were staging flights through French airspace and French Air Traffic Control collapsed, they should have alternative flight paths planned.

Similarly, if we rely on other European assets for particular functions (say air to air refuelling) then those assets might be grounded. Again, the MOD would need to look to see if the RAF tanker fleet could cope.

Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.... (one hopes).

Wordsmith
 

seaweed

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#5
Too much dependence on 'Allies' .. it's a rubber coat peg.
 
#6
I'd guess what he won't come out with is something along these lines,
" No way we can share a Carrier, cos the likelihood is that said carrier will be in Marseille tied up ready to be sold to India/China/Brazil, as the French economy is in tatters after reverting to the Franc"
 
#8
In 1980 Professor Charles Reynolds went at length, in his course on British Defence at Durham, to make it clear that national defence is not an alternative to collective security and vice versa.

If Britain were to become external to the EU, then we would have to develop a new national defence framework. With more rather than "better". Simples
 
#9
In 1980 Professor Charles Reynolds went at length, in his course on British Defence at Durham, to make it clear that national defence is not an alternative to collective security and vice versa.

If Britain were to become external to the EU, then we would have to develop a new national defence framework. With more rather than "better". Simples
Since when does the EU have a collective defence policy?
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#10
Since when does the EU have a collective defence policy?
Wasn't that supposed to be one of the functions of the OSCE?
 
#11
Wasn't that supposed to be one of the functions of the OSCE?
That talking shop? It doesn't provide joint command/liability for operations a la NATO.

One of Britain's big problems in defence at the moment is that the pound has been devalued to shit and, even the things we do build ourselves we cannot supply on-shore. I don't know what the inflation rates are like for the MoD and military supplies but I bet they bear no similarity to the real world.

That said there's no alternative either. On the down side it does allow the French to pretend they've got a bigger military budget than us, purely because the ECB hasn't embarked upon a persistent policy of devaluation for two years.
 
#13
I'd guess what he won't come out with is something along these lines,
" No way we can share a Carrier, cos the likelihood is that said carrier will be in Marseille tied up ready to be sold to India/China/Brazil, as the French economy is in tatters after reverting to the Franc"
And not only that, Ffrances much vaunted nuclear carrier is more unreliable than Southern Rail and leaves a trail of broken bits behind it wherever it goes.
 
#14
Looks like he's making it an annual speech:


Defence chief attacks Armed Forces cuts
Defence cuts have left the Armed Forces unable to carry out all the tasks that ministers continue to demand of them, the Chief of the Defence Staff has claimed.


Defence chief attacks Armed Forces cuts - Telegraph

Choice quote:

"He added: “We are under very great political pressure, from the very top down, to look at our star count, the number of generals you have in relation to the overall size of the Armed Forces. The same equation applies all the way down the officer ranks.

“The irony is that if you want to retain influence, you actually need more officers and more [star] ranks.”
 
#15
I'd love to see the old fellas out on the 'ground' after all the repeat slashes to 'OR' manpower; to para-phrase the good General's qoute with regard to influence 'you need more of those that count'!
 
#16
... repeat slashes to 'OR' manpower ... 'you need more of those that count'!
Whilst in full agreement with the sentiment, there is demand to put OFs into positions around the world - MA/DA, UN, NATO, exchanges, and the OF manpower bill for AFG is huge. Watch for post-2014 though.
 
#18
So, Goodbye peerage; hello total respect from every right thinking soldier, sailor and even airman.

Well said CDS - a senior officer with balls - long time since we had one of those.
 
#20
So, Goodbye peerage; hello total respect from every right thinking soldier, sailor and even airman.

Well said CDS - a senior officer with balls - long time since we had one of those.
Hmmm.........

Fair enough, but why oh why wasn't he standing on the soap box when or just before the cuts were planned/announced?
It's too ****ing late now; the damage is done. The political masters will not in a month of Sundays lose face now by going back on their decisions. General Sir David MUST have been at the 'table' with the other three stooges offering up this ship here or that battalion there for the chop? Why didn't he say something then? However, at least he has said it - to give him the benefit of the doubt, he may only have realised the enormity of the situation recently. And, at least he's had the balls to say it whilst still IN the army, unlike that twat the Reverend Dannert who waited until he was en-nobled and out of harms way before he sounded off!
 

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