We all want the Future Defence Review to be commitments led rather than resource led and we all know deep down, it won’t be.
Given the rapidly deteriorating state of the nations finances, regardless of right or wrong, regardless of it being more worthy of cash than the welfare or the overseas aid budget and regardless of any other considerations it looks like the MoD is going to be invited to take a substantial cut in its budget.
We already know that it has a £6 billion hole to fill and the next few years are going to be even more difficult.
Pensions, wages, welfare, equipment, units, ceremonial duties; there is nothing sacred. The scope for salami slicing, a little bit here and a little bit there have long since departed, big cuts are needed.
If it was your job of achieving a 25% saving off the budget for the next 3 or 4 years where would you start looking?