Europe’s Defence Gap and the Expanding Bandwidth of War

DefenceSynergia is, as always, grateful to Professor Dr Julian Lindley French for permission to publish his blog, the latest one we reproduce below – Europe’s Defence Gap and the Expanding Bandwidth of War. 
 
The opening quote, which goes to the heart of the piece, is most pertinent for Defence Analysts to ponder: “I’ve seen comparative numbers of US defense budget versus China, US defense budget versus Russia. What is not often commented on is the cost of labor. We’re the best-paid military in the world by a long shot. The cost of Russian soldiers or Chinese soldiers is a tiny fraction”. General Mark Milley, US Army Chief of Staff, May 2018.”

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Arctic report

DS agrees with the HCDC Sub-Committee that the high North/Arctic is an area that UK and NATO must direct serious money, resources and attention to.  Report can be read in full: HERE

Sergeant ‘O’ And Orwellian New Speak That Is Making A Laughing Stock Out Of The British Political and Legal System

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Exposing the incoherence and weakness in the United Kingdom’s

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Sergeant ‘O’ And Orwellian New Speak That Is Making A Laughing Stock Out Of The British Political and Legal System

It must seem to most right thinking people that to pursue a former British soldier on a charge of ‘firing into a wall’ 46 years ago is the stuff of satire. Sadly, in Great Britain, in 2018, this is the disgraceful situation in which our political and legal system has placed a loyal serviceman. However, it does not begin or end here. From Iraq to Afghanistan, Kenya to Northern Ireland, Cyprus to Malaya an allegation against a British Serviceman however ancient, vague, spurious or already legally disposed, is pursued. (more…)

DS Letter to PM on UK Defence.

DefenceSynergia recently wrote to Teresa May concerning her definition of the UK armed forces as “tier one”. The original document can be found HERE.  The reply from the Cabinet office can be found HERE Both are reproduced. without DS comment. below for ease of reading:

 

Madam Prime Minister, Theresa May,

You have called for a justification that the United Kingdom (UK) government considers, and should continue to consider herself a “Tier 1” state. This definition is unusual and debatable so, we in DefenceSynergia (DS) prefer the terms used by European Geostrategy: Super Power, Global Power, Regional Power and Local Power with the UK being the only Global Power behind the United States of America’s (USA) Super Power status. We justify this since our national strategy has been and should remain maritime and deployable worldwide. Too many siren voices seem to imply that a continental strategy should be pursued but our history in conflicts, those that might be described under the continental strategy heading, have been glorious but not generally in the lead to ultimate victory.

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Time for all concerned to take the gloves off and speak out

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Time for all concerned supporters of HM Armed Forces to take the gloves off and speak out

Just a quick look at the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) own 2017 summary of United Kingdom (UK) Defence spending, at a glance, illustrates the Alison in Wonderland state of mind that the MOD find themselves in. According to the data published when Sir Michael Fallon was Secretary of State for Defence for financial years 2016/17 UK defence spending was £35.3bn. That is over thirty five thousand million pounds sterling! Eight point seven billion of which was spent on equipment and infrastructure alone in that same financial year. (more…)