Tuesday 21 September 2010

Not soldiering on...

Lobbydog has been chatting with pals in the MoD and my goodness does the strategic defence and security review (SDSR) sound like it’s going to be messy.

The feeling is that there is no getting round the bloodbath it is going to become.

The debate has tended to focus on equipment and technology – fighter jets, aircraft carriers and trident for example.

But actually, I’m told, the UK just doesn’t have as many “toys” as it once did to cut back on.

Even if some of these big items are reined in, it is not going to stop there being a massive hit on personnel – which accounts for an immense chunk of expenditure.

The SDSR story may well become more about civil servants and service personnel being in the firing line.


Anonymous said...

And we'll still be standing shoulder to shoulder with our senior partner?

Anonymous said...

There's far too much press speculation about the kit that we should have and far too little about the threats that we face.

Historically, according to Sir Humphrey Appleby, the biggest threat has been the French ... :)

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