If the Treasury & Gay Gordon have their way; "Cuts, Yes! New Technology, No!"
Thanks for the post.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.
Point taken however the past 50 years have not seen a major conflict involving divisions of Armour or Infantry. I accept it is always dangerous to base ones forces on lessons learnt in the last campaign because each one is different. However terrorism is assessed as being the major threat for the next couple of decades rather than a threat from a major power. Therefore we must adapt accordingly.You CAN'T use Iraq as a basis because it was a relative turkey shoot.
I agree.but unless it rises in line with inflation at the very least it is a cut.
In my view, we could expect a warning of at least 3 - 5 years before there was an attack on the UK from a major power. This stretches from the first political disagreement right up the escalation ladder to a full scale war. Therefore there would be time to man, train and equip our forces accordingly.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.
I hear what you're saying, and to a certain degree I agree, but I think the health and education issues are a smokescreen.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.
Exactly my point.Tons of money out there - don't know why they cant find it.......
If there was an easy way to do it, we'd be doing it. Look at the "we'll scrap TSR.2 and buy F-111" debate.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