So, Sir Jock is on his way out which leaves the hot seat of Chief of the Defence Staff vacant.
So what will be festering in the in tray?
A Budget Cut/Strategic Defence Review to manage
How to get out of Afghanistan with any shred of credibility
An equipment programme that is more or less out of control (see above)
They will be remembered for an ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan, shutting down a range of sacred cows/equipment programmes, disbanding historic regiments and squadrons, decommissioning naval vessels and basically, managing yet more decline.
Which begs the question, why would anyone want the job?