UK defence cuts bite

As ministers consider the latest defence review, it is time to scale down some of the equipment on order.

Our Armed Forces need BMWs not Ferraris


As the Government puts the finishing touches to its latest attempt to ensure the nation is properly equipped to defend itself against future threats, trying to repair the enormous damage inflicted on our Armed Forces by the previous round of defence cuts will be no easy matter.

The last time the Government attempted to provide a comprehensive assessment of Britain’s future needs was when it published the conclusions of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review(SDSR). Far from providing a coherent view of our military requirements and threats we were likely to face, the process quickly unravelled as it became clear that the Coalition was more interested in cutting costs than defending the realm.

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