Political Correctness in the Military

DefenceSynergia(DS) views with mounting concern and incredulity MOD’s focus on obliging the Armed Forces to fulfil every twist and turn of the Political Correct (PC) agenda instead of focusing on their fighting effectiveness.

Colonel Tim Collins, who made his name on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, rightly and wisely wrote on such matters in the Daily Telegraph on 6th January 2018, succinctly establishing the principles on which the British Army should be built – and on which, until recently, it was. The same sentiments, we are sure, can be transferred to the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. Our Armed Forces are fighting machines, not social clubs. (more…)

The United Kingdom’s Future Nuclear Deterrent: The Dreadnought Programme 2017 Update to Parliament

Introduction

The United Kingdom’s (UK) nuclear deterrent deters against the most extreme threats to our way of life, both now and in the future. It provides the ultimate guarantee of our national security, and is a major part of this Government’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. In 2016, Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent, and replacing the current Vanguard Class submarines with four new ballistic missile submarines, now known as the Dreadnought Class. This will ensure that the UK has a credible, independent and capable nuclear deterrent out to the 2060s and beyond. This is the sixth annual update to Parliament on the replacement submarine programme. (more…)

DefenceSynergia Press Release – 3 January 2018

DefenceSynergia (DS) notes with increasing concern numerous recent media articles that appear to confirm MOD’s intent to sell HMS Ocean to Brazil is not merely a possibility but an active policy.

HMS Ocean’s sale price to Brazil appears to be in the region of £85 million for a ship which came out of a £65 million refit in 2014, barely 3 years ago, that should have given it, by DS assessment, a further 10 years of operational life. Whilst the indicated sale appears to represent profit of £20 million, given the original £150 million purchase price and long-term costing for maintenance and inflation-weighted depreciation, the real ‘profit’ is likely to be substantially less and might even fall into net loss. Never the less, even if we accept the paltry £20 million as in the ball park, this is less than 15% of the cost of a single F-35B Lightning II that might eventually grace the decks of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers and just a thousandth (0.1 of 1%) of the called for £20 billion defence budget cut. A huge capability cut for illusory savings. (more…)

DefenceSynergia End of Year (2017) Assessment of Where Defence Stands

As 2018 beckons DefenceSynergia (DS) has collectively considered where the United Kingdom (UK) stands in relation to defence. DS concludes that now is the time for Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) to take a broad view of defence, yet seemingly, that is what the United Kingdom (UK) government is in danger of not doing if it allows its mini Security and Defence Review to become yet another Defence cut.

DS believes that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is at a point where it is unable to do what is required, especially as senior officers seem unwilling to say NO to ministers. It seems to DS that HMG, wants to cover the increased threat from cyber at the expense of other capabilities within the context of a ‘UK security cost neutral’ review. If so, can they keep Conventional Forces and Continual at Sea Deterrence (CASD) as planned in Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015? Will the National Security Adviser (NSA), take the easier option of recommending reducing budgets in MoD capabilities to fund enhanced wider UK Cyber security which are beyond a purely military responsibility? Or should this new ‘threat’, that has been around and formally acknowledged for decades, be funded by new money as part of a coherent military and wider government non-military led cyber security and resilience Capability – one small element of which is relevant to the MoD? (more…)

DS Input- Ministry of Defence Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Single Source Contract – To Overseas Buyer

DefenceSynergia (DS) is concerned that unless we have missed something in the Christmas mist we are not aware of any overriding operational need to go single source for the Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) contract. The German system under consideration seems like a ‘gold plated’ solution and probably far too heavy to easily meet United Kingdom (UK) ‘Strike Brigade’ expeditionary deployment doctrine. (more…)

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