Gentlemen good morning, Teddy throw follows: Yet again the culture imposed on UK forces on operations of âimprovise, adapt and overcomeâ has raised its head â only weeks after our glorious leader promised that what troops needed they would get Sgt. Brownâs comments â see link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6179120.stm appear to be yet another run through of the same kit issues. Following on from CBA, UGL ammo, vehicles, .50 ammo etc I recognise that Thomas's shopping list is always going to slightly un-realistic, however I would like to share my own experiences from my shiny seat in the West Country wrt to lift assets (helicopters). I have watched with growing anger the failures of Government, MoD, Command and Industry. Any muppet who has attended a command course at any level (or for that matter watched the history channel) can tell you of the value of Helicopters â particularly in environments such as Telic or Herrick. A series of requests for support were sent out to industry following Mr.B Liars well publicised comments â IMHO the response was rather good. For example â whatever your opinion of Wastelands (ooops â sorry, my bad sort of declared my hand there) they did rather stump-up in the form of âwe can divert and re-fit some export EH101âs to make Merlins pretty sharpishâ. Even our Froggie cousins came to the party with some nice Pumaâs on steroids. Now Iâm not saying that the Cider quaffing pointy heads or Cheese eating surrender monkeys were going to do this for free â but it seemed pretty sharp â and available in a matter of weeks / months â all nicely packaged with support and training. The response from JHC and the MoD began with errrâ¦â¦ummmâ¦â¦.well? er? and then denigrated into three areas: Letâs spend our time arguing about whoâs going to own the assets: mainly Crabair fighting with Navy (CHF) â but still have time to brand our helicopters âcos we donât like the media calling them âArmy Helicoptersâ Thenâ¦. Lets see what everyone else has â âcos Wastelands are shit (normally a fair comment) So â we began the serious contemplation of 36 year old shagged Pumaâs from Portugal. You know Portugal â the 3rd world pikey nation attached to the Costa-del-chav: you can guess the condition of these lovelies. Finallyâ¦ Lets ask industry a series of fatuous, stupid questions until they loose fâing interest or find a customer who will actually stump up some cash The bottom line is: a culture of spend as little as possible, make big statements and then donât make a decision is costing lives â emotional; but I challenge you to prove me wrong. I refuse to denigrate the service of Senior Commanders in the higher echelons of the MoD â but to be fair most of their operational experience was gained in lower level conflicts and peace keeping / making operations of the 80âs and 90âs. The current tempo of operations demands pressure on Industry and Government to deliver goods and cash respectively â not, I had it bad in my day, so you can too Couple this with Tony and his band of âthe only service I have ever experienced is silverâ chums and we look as if we are settling in for a pretty rough time â enjoy boys! Rant over. Make safe.