HCDC Inquiry Into Amphibious Warfare – RM and LPDs

The oral evidence provided on the 5th of December to the House of Commons Defence Committee (HCDC) inquiry into UK Amphibious Warfare capability can be accessed here.  http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/71a68c0d-db9f-4af0-a27b-928dd5831271
The evidence of Maj Gen Julian Thompson and Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry echoed much of the written evidence that DefenceSynergia (DS) is submitting to the HCDC. The bottom line: There is a pressing requirement for Her Majesty’s Government to articulate its Grand Strategy from which the Service Chiefs can produce coherent Military Strategy which in turn will define the appropriate ways and means to achieve the desired ends. Salami slicing is not the way.
Therefore, if SDSR 2015 is still extant, and the UK is to maintain its worldwide expeditionary role and capitalise upon its ‘Hard Power’ influence, not just relying upon ‘Soft Power’, then retaining one of NATO’s true Amphibious Warfare Capabilities – the Royal Marines and their specialist Landing Platform Dock enablers – would seem a ‘no brainer’.
More money is always welcome – but best use of the money allocated is always an option!

House of Commons Defence debate

DefenceSynergia (DS) is pleased to publish Howard Wheeldon’s helpful precis of the questions and answers to and from our new Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson MP, during yesterday’s House of Commons Defence debate. Howard prefaces his précis with some introductory remarks which not necessarily represent those of DS.

Given that this was the first performance at the Despatch Box of the House of Commons by the new Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt. Hon Gavin Williamson, I thought that it might be helpful for readers if I summarized questions and answers (taken from Hansard) from yesterday afternoon’s Defence Questions session. I have deliberately, due to space, chosen not to include questions and answers given too and by other defence ministers – these are available for viewing online on the House of Commons Hansard site in the usual manner. (more…)

DefenceSynergia Welcomes the New Secretary of State for Defence With a Caution

DS welcomes the new Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson MP, and acknowledges his recent plaudits and support for Her Majesty’s Forces, and pride in the entry into service of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier (QEC) and, at a later date, its associated new combat aircraft. However, DS would caution against the historic Ministry of Defence (MOD) exuberant use of grandiose statements that seek to hide reducing existing capability and lauding as yet unproven and highly complex new Capabilities. (more…)

Cornish: The Abandonment of Strategic Reason

DefenceSynergia (DS) is most grateful to Professor Dr Julian Lindley-French and Professor Paul Cornish for permission to publish a most pertinent and prescient article entitled ‘The Abandonment of Strategic Reason recently published on Dr Lindley-French’s own blog http://lindleyfrench.blogspot.com

Dear Friend and Colleague, please find below the first of a series of occasional blogs in which I introduce a guest contributor to comment on a matter of contemporary relevance. In this case it is my old friend and colleague Professor Paul Cornish, who has a stern warning for a London obsessed with short-term politics and locked into another bout of elite hysteria, to re-focus on Britain’s strategic fundamentals as it carries out the National Security Capabilities Review. All best, Julian (more…)