UKSF's High-Profile Low-Profile.

JoeCivvie

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An interesting piece from 'Squarebasher' in Private Eye:

The UK’s Special Forces like a low profile, so what lies behind almost daily news stories lately of their activities in Syria and Iraq?

None of this excitedly reported activity can be confirmed or denied by the government. What can be confirmed, however, is that in March 2013 the government was intent on clipping the wings of UKSF, cutting some units by up to 40 percent and packing off two territorial SAS regiments to the regular army. The SBS was to be cut from four squadrons to three and cuts would be imposed on supporting and reconnaissance units – the very units that now find themselves so much in demand.

Part of the UKSF’s new found popularity with government stems from effectiveness on the ground. But political expediency also plays a role.

In an annex to the Twelfth Report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, published on 20 March 2014, dealing with parliament’s role in “core decision making”, the government published a list of “exceptions to requirement for approval” for the use of force.

Two exceptions are relevant: “Approval is not required for a conflict decision if the decision covers one or both of the following only: (A) members of the United Kingdom Special Forces; or (B) other members of the UK forces for the purpose only of their assisting (directly or indirectly) activities of the United Kingdom Special Forces.”?

Parliamentary approval for deployment is no longer necessary under such a system.
 
Military Unit(s) securing media profile in months before SDSR; shocked I tell you, shocked
 
Actually, I think the below bit is more interesting than the media-related paragraph...

Part of the UKSF’s new found popularity with government stems from effectiveness on the ground. But political expediency also plays a role.

In an annex to the Twelfth Report from the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, published on 20 March 2014, dealing with parliament’s role in “core decision making”, the government published a list of “exceptions to requirement for approval” for the use of force.

Two exceptions are relevant: “Approval is not required for a conflict decision if the decision covers one or both of the following only: (A) members of the United Kingdom Special Forces; or (B) other members of the UK forces for the purpose only of their assisting (directly or indirectly) activities of the United Kingdom Special Forces.”

Parliamentary approval for deployment is no longer necessary under such a system.
 

Cold_Collation

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Book Reviewer
...so there's still the potential for the RAF Regiment to be declared SF, then, by virtue of the fact that if all of the UK Armed Forces are declared SF, then all can be deployed without Parliamentary approval?

Bonzer.

Blair must be kicking himself at having missed such a simple ruse.
 
...so there's still the potential for the RAF Regiment to be declared SF, then, by virtue of the fact that if all of the UK Armed Forces are declared SF, then all can be deployed without Parliamentary approval?

Bonzer.

Blair must be kicking himself at having missed such a simple ruse.

Maybe they could form some kind of support group, I wonder what they would call it?
 
Dirk Steel and Colin the dog might have something to say about that as the UK's top Speshul forces.
 

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Dirk Steel and Colin the dog might have something to say about that as the UK's top Speshul forces.
Colin is not the most gung ho name for a wardog! Sounds like he hovers in the background with tea and biscuits!
 
Colin is not the most gung ho name for a wardog! Sounds like he hovers in the background with tea and biscuits!
They have their own face ache site. Very funny. Dirk Steel Speshul forces.
 

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