Two Interesting articles in the press today seem to be drawing the battle lines for the major cut in the defence budget post 2015.
Now that David Cameron is admitting that the defence budget is likely to fall below the minimum NATO level of 2% of GDP, it is almost certain the MOD will face a cut of at least 10% in the 2015 SDSR. Given just how much has been cut already the usual salami slicing tactics won’t be enough on their own to achieve the cuts. The only two realistic major cuts would seem to be a vast reduction in the Infantry or the cancellation of the Trident replacement.
While historically cancelling trident would have been politically unthinkable, I don’t think we could put anything past our current crop of politicians in their desperate bid to grab power at any cost.
So the question is, is it better to cut Trident or reduce the Army to 60,000?