At the moment every story about defence seems to be more depressing than the one before.
Almost every day it seems, we hear of shortages of personnel, poor accommodation for those we do have and worrying gaps in our military capability. It was announced recently that a large number of apparently redundant bases were to be closed during the next few years, and that the money realised was all to go into improving accommodation elsewhere. We must ensure that these funds are not subject to accounting creativity and find their way into the infamous 2%, instead of being extra to it.
Recent news reinforces our view that defence spending should be nearer 3% of GDP, but we have to argue that with a government who show all the signs of not understanding the importance of sound and balanced defence.
It also appears that someone took their eye off the ball with regard to surface to surface missiles. For a view on this do please read the latest UKNDA Discussion Document which has been published today, and then give us your views.
Andy Smith, our CEO, recently held a meeting with our “Authors Group” who are intending to publish another of their excellent Commentaries in the New Year. Naturally that will also be published on the website. I hope you have also read Andy’s latest statements on NATO and the proposed EU Army.