Although a regular lurker, I had to register today after I saw Poison Dwarfs comments on another thread. The title is obvious enough and explains were Iâm going with this. The problem you describe are not peculiar to the armed forces, the problems you describe are endemic to all state run organisations. The answer is not more managers or less managers, the answer is a completely different approach. You have to privatise the armed forces. It not as crazy as it sounds. If the armed forces were privatised they would not run amok. They would be chartered with a framework of rules laid down by government in the same way that private military firms are already operating. Perhaps the spilt could be done at the division or brigade level. After all if private enterprise can build an aircraft carrier can they really not run it? Private enterprise manages to operate oil rigs, airports and nuclear power plants and have done successfully for years. Although it is worth noting that all of those that used to be state run suffered the same problems as the armed forces face today, essentially too much waste inefficiency and bureaucracy. Government could contract a firm or number of firms to provide security for our national borders. Firm X might cover the north sea area, Firm Y the irish sea area and so on. If a firm has lax standards or are failing to intercept Russian jets taking liberties with our air space, fire them, give the contract to one of the other firms that will. Of course we have seen time and time again that when private enterprise manages something they tend to get it right as they donât want to lose the contract. Overseas operations might pull in a multitude of firms. With operations or security for a region being doled out as appropriate based on that firms niche area of expertise. And if foreign firms can supply manpower for a non-sensitive support roles why not bring them in. The secrecy issue is a non-issue. Most armed forces R&D is now done by private firms operating under a level of secrecy. Operational intelligence could be done by specialists and disseminated to the firms subscribing in that operation or area. The average solider already feels more allegiance to his regiment rather than his government anyway. Only right now if his pay and conditions are shite he has no options. If the armed forces were privatised a soldier could switch to another defence firm offering better pay and conditions, better equipment etc. Firms that took best care of their men would attract the best men and would prosper. Firms that treated their boys like mushrooms (left in the dark and fed shit) would only be able to retain the dross and would start losing contracts. They would either go out of business or shape up real fast. Further, it would be a true meritocracy. If some bright C.O was getting frustrated operating within his firm he could at any time leave and setup a new firm handling whatever niche he had spotted. In the current system do you really expect some bureaucrat you have never met to be fighting your corner, getting you the best? But if some able managerâs bonus rested on being able to secure a certain defence contract and in order to secure that contract he had to make sure that he retains an able and happy fighting force, you can bet keeping his fighting force able and happy would be at the very forefront of his mind.