Whatever the outcome of the SDSR, whether it is an exercise in salami slicing, a protection of parochial service vested interests, driven by industrial and political issues or a genuine strategic vision of the nations security and defence needs, backed up with an achievable and realistic resource and implementation plan, one thing I think we can all agree on.
It’s been a pretty shoddy affair.
Characterised by tactical leaking/briefing, disinformation, biased viewpoints, plainly outrageous claims and various counter claims by an assorted coterie of ’grown ups’ who, quite frankly, should know better, the whole exercise has left a rather sour taste in the mouth.
I was hoping for so much more, the nation and our service personnel deserve so much more.
Politicians and chiefs, before blaming each other for the various woes of UK defence, look in the mirror.