DS is once again grateful to Howard Wheeldon FRAeS for granting permission to reproduce one of his informative articles. This one is based on Howard’s recent visit to RAF Brize Norton and covers the sophisticated government funded contractor operated Synthetic system in place for the training of RAF air and ground crew on the A330 Voyager and A400M Atlas. We Continue reading
Finding unqualified Good News about UK defence is not impossible but, beyond the professional and dedicated service of our hard pressed personnel and the sterling work of the Defence Medical Services, it is harder to define. This short DS Commentary examines the problem.
DS is pleased to publish the following commentary, by Howard Wheeldon FRAeS, on the subject of British Army Recruitment and Retention. The piece focuses upon a critique of HMG/MOD policy in respect of the setting and implementation of plans for the re-brigading of the Regular Army and Army Reserve. DS endorses this view but is concerned that the issues raised regarding force numbers, Continue reading
DS has pressed the issue of NATO (read across UK) unpreparedness in the face of a revanchist Russia, most especially in respect of the threat to the Baltic States. A lack of funding – many NATO States not meeting their obligations to spend at least 2% of GDP – a dearth of logistic enablers to transport large armoured and heavy Continue reading
DS has long been concerned at the ‘hollowing out’ effect of HMG policy across the British Armed Forces. The paper below is a personal view and chronology of the effect upon the Royal Navy of successive Strategic Defence and Security Reviews from 1998 to date. It has been written with professional commercial and service insight by Continue reading
DS is pleased to republish this opinion piece from Save the Royal Navy. It highlights some of DS concerns in our own paper on the status of the Royal Navy. Post-SDSR optimism disappears over the horizon by NavyLookout The November 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review appeared to deliver a broadly positive result for the RN. Although Continue reading