If the Treasury & Gay Gordon have their way; "Cuts, Yes! New Technology, No!"
I think our forces should be first and foremost 1)A detterent 2)Structured round a home defence, and 3)Capable of fighting a mass campaign against superior or better forces.
You CAN'T use Iraq as a basis because it was a relative turkey shoot.
but unless it rises in line with inflation at the very least it is a cut.
Lastly, there are historical precedents for not doing as has been suggested. . . . . .be a great mistake as we don't have enough men now, let alone after a reorg.
However, health and education priorities are placing the defence budget under increasing pressure and are seen as issues that need immediate improvement rather than massing military hardware for a war against a major power which might never happen.
Tons of money out there - don't know why they cant find it.......
Instead of getting bogged down in lengthy development cycles, why not just lease/buy kit off the shelf, and gild the lily ? The IDF have been doing it for years Merkava/Kfir/Lion , and it works. If employment is a consideration, then license build -IAI/DiMarco/Westland/BAe but make sure, that the procedures to do this are fairly rigid.
There are tremendous cost savings and benefits available from lease buying off-the-shelf, and let's face it, some countries equipment is substantially better than stuff we have under development