Would we rather the MOD spent a large amount of money on private consultants or would we prefer the MOD to employ the consultants on a constant basis so we could all complain on the MOD employing Civil Servants on £100,000+/yr contracts instead?
We've been here so many times. CS and military don't have, never have and never will have all the skills and experiences we need, particularly as the capabilities we procure are getting more complex and have greater systems of systems aspects. If the government wants military and CS reductions we can only expect to see far greater use of TS. All those military and CS who mank about TS have the chance to jump ship and try their luck, subject to VERS and redundancy of course.
Depends what the consultants do. If we're buying in expertise for a specific job where we don't have the skill then it's probably cheaper than training somebody up and trying to work out what to do with them for the next 30 years plus pension. The US makes extensive use of contractors as hostilities only personnel: they go when the war's over.