Sitting in the smoking area last night, me and another fella got chatting about the state of UK defence (as you do). He brought up he belived the new carriers were a waste of money, I argued that I disagreed. I believed as an island nation a strong navy is vital. However, if we had to look at losing one of our large scale projects I believe we should bin Nimrod MRA4 and buy the new US 737-based MPA. Now with our current monetary issues, it's only gonna be a matter of time before something is cut from the Budget. My question to you lot is: What? The way I see it we have three choices. 1)We should we look at binning a large project (FRES,Nimrod, CVF, Astute, Typhoon, Trident Replacement), and instead buy off-the-shelf. 2)We should reduce our operational commitment. End our involvement in 'ganners. Become an defence force 3)Reduce manning across the board. Decrease the size of the three services, using the money saved to fund the new projects. All three to me are unpleasant options, however, I believe that (regardless of the party) cuts to MoD are inevitable. You don't win votes by having shiny warplanes and big ships, you win them by giving kids nice schools and ill people nice hospitals. So what do you guys think will happen?