An Army Battle Map of Otterberg in Germany with pins  showing positions of assets during Ex MANSERGH SABRE.

DS concern over ISTAR

DS has written to the House of Commons Defence Committee about its concerns with MOD plans for UK Intelligence, Surveillance, Target-Acquisition and Reconnaissance enabled weapons platforms and interconnectivity for Data Linked Communication transfer following SDSR 2015. Of particular concern has been the disconnect between SDSR 2015 plans and the lack of additional funding to meet them. Thus leading to the cancellation, reduction or curtailing of some projects to fund others. Although cancelled some time ago, DS is most concerned that MOD UK (Navy) have no plans to install Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) as a recent Navy Secretariat reply to an FOI request confirms. See FOI reply here. (more…)


This DS commentary has been placed in the threat section of our website because a lack of open government could of itself be a threat to national security.

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DefenceSynergia (DS) has long held a suspicion that Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) have been leaning towards control of its media output – Public Relations (PR) – as a substitute for transparency of action. Indeed, not long after the 2010 election DS held a meeting with several Members of Parliament (MPs) at which one prominent MP, who was married to a serving Royal Navy officer, wryly remarked “that as her husband had been instructed not to discuss naval matters with the media, public, or even his MP, without clearance, conversation in the evenings in front of the fire was somewhat stilted”. (more…)

The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. 

It lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the heart of the London borough of the City of Westminster, close to the historic Westminster Abbey and the government buildings of Whitehall  and Downing Street. 

The name may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex most of which was destroyed in 1834, and its replacement New Palace  that stands today; it has retained its original style and status as a royal residence for ceremonial purposes.

NAO report into the impact of SDSR 2015

DS is pleased to publish the NAO impact assessment into SDSR 2015. We note that the NAO has used the word ‘risk’ more than once and alongside ‘future’ this accords to some degree with the DS earlier assessment that SDSR 2015 did not fully address capability gaps in the short term – which translates as risk – and was predicated too much on the notion of ‘Jam Tomorrow’ – the future being to move previous promises for FF2020 to the right, now 2025. Further, the NAO confirms the DS view that the budget will be stretched to achieve FF2025, even within the revised timescale, without extra in-house efficiency savings and tight management of the existing procurement budget. Below is the NAO’s summary and the full document can be read here.

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