Tag SDSR

Energy Security and Defence

LNG Tanker
One of the many arguments for maintaining a strong maritime presence is energy security, particularly fossil fuels, oil and gas. But is this valid? The Conservative party, to their credit, have highlighted the issue a number of time, even though…

SDSR – Analysis #06 (Army)

CVRT Scimitar on Op Herrick Afghanistan 2010
Understandably, reductions to Army capabilities were relatively limited in comparison with the other services because of Afghanistan, understandably so. It is a measure of our tepid commitment to Afghanistan that we find it politically acceptable to reduce the forces in…

Tornado or Harrier

Harrier GR9 with Paveway IV
On the list of inexplicable decisions spewed forth from the SDSR is to withdraw Harrier and reduce Tornado. So is this a sensible decision? Of course not, it would have been much more sensible to stick with the plan, reducing…

Bent over a barrel

Interesting news on the CVF front. The Treasury have released a letter from the Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems addressed to David Cameron on the issue of military shipbuilding and CVF in particular. In defence of BAE, they are…

A More Sober Analysis

The reaction of the press to the Anglo French defence cooperation programme is basically, calm down everyone, this is just hard nosed pragmatism. The programme is to be delivered through an overarching Defence Co-operation Treaty, a subordinate treaty relating to…

A Spectacular Success

So it would seem that amidst the belt tightening in Defence, about 7% to 8% depending on how it is measured, the EU is not feeling the same pain. David Cameron has managed the herculean task of restricting the EU…