When you next visit the toilet for 5 - 10 minutes of peace, have a read of the British Army Review, Summer 2007 pages 14 - 15. It highlights a few salient points about the MoD: 1. The poor quality of its senior civil servants. 2. Too many senior officers messing around on parades, dinners etc rather than actually doing their job. 3. CDS should be a soldier as Admirals and Air marshals don't know enough about fighting on the ground and they are technically support (CS / CSS) elements anyway. 4. There are too many senior officers and they get in each others' way. 5. Greater military and civilian leadership and management is needed. 6. Too many senior personnel just seing through the week, wasting huge sums of money rather than creating a beter force - whilst expecting more from less. Failure to address the above points, the article suggests, will create a less effective Armed Forces, especialy with a muppet in charge.