Working either to the premise that a good crisis should never be wasted or stating a harsh truth a number of former service chiefs have linked the reducing defence budget to the crisis in the Ukraine.
“I wouldn’t want to let anybody think that I think that Army 2020 is good news, it’s not. The sort of defence cuts we have seen. … have really hollowed out the British armed forces and I think that people need to sit up and recognise that.”
Stinging stuff, read more at the link.
Lord West of Spithead, speaking in the House of Lords said;
I do believe we have reduced our numbers of people to a level where they can’t assist, where they should be able to, the civil power.
Lord Dannatt also called for a handful of new Brigades to be held in Germany.
Meanwhile, the MoD spin machine is in full flow with a recent video showing Army Reserves of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry training with Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Chinook helicopters.
It is interesting to speculate on the impact upon SDSR 2015 of the recent shenanigans in Crimea.
Personally, unless Russia invades East Ukraine I don’t seen European defence budgets increasing in any appreciable manner any time soon, no matter what the Generals and Admirals want.
Phil Hammond, reckons the seniors are talking nonsense![browser-shot width=”600″ url=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2592987/Youre-talking-nonsense-Hammond-fires-salvo-critics-cuts-Armed-Forces.html”]