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  • Mark on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeThe more fundamental question is does the UK require more than the 48 f35 currently on order. If we take the priority to be defence of Europe and the NATO border then the answer is realistically no.
  • Marcus on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeThe F-35 A only makes sense if you are going to buy them in large numbers. As it stands the benefits the A brings are massively offset by the splitting of the fleet and the loss of interoperability of the FAA and RAF. The "cheaper" factor also gets lost when...
  • Ogden Dowcett on Anglo Engineering Concepts – Back to Systems ThinkingChris - I'm glad you found the info useful. Hopefully all goes well for you with them if you decide to go that route.
  • JohnHartley on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeIf you are going to poke the bear with a stick in his own neighbourhood, then the UK had better invest in at least one battery of high end SAM, such as THAAD, or AEGIS Ashore. For the protection of blighty from Vlad's missiles, or the blackmail thereof. Why anti...
  • Simon on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeI've mulled this over for a few days now predominantly because I could only see the proposal as a reason to have an expeditionary military that we don't need. Mitigating against NATO failing is very important right now. However, I can see it happening as America puts America first and...
  • Pacman27 on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeI am all for a single UK force structure built around 4 standing divisions (all assets inc. land, Cyber, Naval and Sea), 2 Expeditionary Carrier Battle Groups and a large integrated central logistics, command and control HQ Corp. All in this would need a 10% uplift in manpower to do...
  • twexp on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeExcellent article, thanks. Let's hope the UK MOD approach contains as much even handed analysis...... A couple or 3 points (1) The NATO 2% pledge is only a symbolic measure; I think the argument about its binding nature (or not) is a red herring. Even the Article V "collective defence"...
  • Chris on Anglo Engineering Concepts – Back to Systems ThinkingOgden - I have read through the information on that link now. Its a sensible tool for the Op Analysis staff, allowing some insight into the effects new and untried technology might deliver. I might see if they want these vehicles in their sandbox. Thanks for the heads-up.
  • HMArmedForcesReview on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeAlso another idea: Merge or coordinate the Force Protection units: RAF Regiment, 43 Commando, certain RMP units into one big Joint Force Protection cell.
  • ArmChairCivvy on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending Europe@pacman, I agree with the type of force best suited. Contrary to received wisdom, we should have any Chally 2s (where they can be deployed to , both quickly enough and terrain-wise) in penny packets... welcome back, infantry support tank - which also means that we should go straight to...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending Europe@ Simon Costain, RE post-Brexit UK is to tilt towards Scandinavia in more ways than one. - what are the other ways (than defence)? Actually, some v interesting defence-industrial projects were already listed here for consideration, but I took your comment to be on a broader front. A. Salmon was...
  • Pacman27 on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeGreat Article and certainly thought provoking. I agree with much but would offer the following observations: Agree we should take the lead for the Northern flank - but this means we should exit the southern region to other NATO key players. I dont think we should pre-position apart from the...
  • mr.fred on Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW)Overmatch is what happens when autocorrect gets hold of overwatch.
  • Simon Costain on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeLooks like post-Brexit UK is to tilt towards Scandinavia in more ways than one. Are the priorities anti-sub & anti cruise missile, & reinforcing Norwegian air bases fast (maybe with V22 Osprey)?
  • S O on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeTD, the point is that the countries DID NOT COMMIT. The executive branch top politicians signed without having any authority on the matter and knowing that it was a nonsense paper. That's no commitment - that's writing a meaningless paper. Here's my standard story to explain it: The hairdressers of...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW)Overmatch vs. overwatch? - the latter just to safeguard and guarantee the safe exit of recce forces, typically dispersed over a wide area, when they meet with an over-whelming opposing force Overmatch is normally reserved for head-on clash of opposing forces, which is when you have to find a way...
  • Think Defence on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeSven the 2% thing is a voluntary thing but is also a committment made by all NATO nations in 2006 I think, if you agree to do something you should do that thing
  • S O on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending Europe@Armchaircivvy The NATO summit may set the budget for NATO - the bureaucracy in Bruxelles. It cannot set the budgets of the member states. In fact even if the treaty had such a provision it would be ineffectual because of the national constitutions. About the SLCMs; SLCMs (and they could...
  • Simon on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeThe Russians won't surge west. They surge SE from Kalingrad to Kiev and NW from Kiev to Kalingrad. This is how they will annex Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in a single move. Anyone heard from Belarus lately? So, Phil, agree. Lure forward Europe's military into defending the Baltic states directly...
  • Mark on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeThe UKs priority should be to defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the UK, NATOand overseas territories. To protect its inhabitants and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten our daily life. We need to get NATO to move away from thinking it is a global police...
  • NHadjimichael on Charles Edward Inglis and his many BridgesThanks for the timely history item - great ideas always need follow up and implementation ; the sensible thought space around U.K. defence is greatly valued
  • Phil on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending Europe@Chris Werb Read an interesting paper about how Russian conventional precision strike (mainly via cruise missiles) is considered to be a non-nuclear escalation option that could deliver (in terms of damage on intended targets rather than explosive power) the damage of a nuclear strike. I think that's a very interesting...
  • Phil on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeOpinions on how NATO should defend Europe are like arseholes but... There's very little to disagree with here I think, deterrence is front and centre in the plan. There's many ways to skin that particular goose and this is a very sensible and coherent way. The strategic importance of Norway...
  • Repulse on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeI think the idea of scaling to brigade expeditionary level ops rather than divisional level is very sensible. We should however really focus on maritime forces and in terms of Europe project sea control in the North Sea and North Atlantic.
  • ArmChairCivvy on Towards #SDSR18 – Defending EuropeI don't think NATO has a legislative branch, so the NATO summits will have to do. The target (2%, and also a minimum of a fifth of it towards equipment renewal) has been set in such a way, and the latest out comes can be found here, on p.2 https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2017_03/20170313_170313-pr2017-045.pdf...

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