I'm sure we've all had those conversations, both beer fuelled and non-beer fuelled, about what's wrong with the armed forces and what should be done about it. Hell, half of the threads on Arrse seem to be something along those lines. So I thought I'd throw it open and see what other people think should be done. Here's the scenario - It's 2010 and through some way that we wont bother going into you've been made the Secretary of State for Defence in whatever government that's won, be it Conservative, Labour of Liberal Democrat. There wont be another General Election for another five years and you're guarenteed the position until then along with a free hand to do whatever you want irregardless of any industrial/political factors e.g. if you cancel something you don't have to worry about the cry of 'X number of skilled jobs lost'. Also the budget will stay at current levels but is adjusted for inflation year on year. What do you do? Edit: And note that I put it here rather than the NAAFI since I'd like to get some at least half serious ideas. So no, you can't just say abolish the Navy and RAF.