DS is pleased to provide a link to the recent RUSI debate on defence ahead of the general election, chaired by Mr Mark Urban. It is a pity that political interlocutors found it so difficult to think of defence as much more than a ‘Westminster bubble football’ to be kicked around the park with little Continue reading
DS will not comment upon the Westminster Terrorist Outrage committed on 22 March 2017 except to reproduce the words of our Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP, offered whilst the incident was still being evaluated and which speak powerfully of the debt we all owe our security forces – civilian and military – Continue reading
DS is pleased to acknowledge the defence secretary’s statement on the future of the RN but DS is also cautious because of the danger that what is offered is aspirational rather than reality.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, rightly pointed out in his 2016 Royal United Services Institute lecture that several thousand British service personnel would be serving overseas or on duty at home this coming Christmas. Although figures vary and it is difficult to say exactly how many are where, there Continue reading
HMG has published its first SDSR 2015 report since BREXIT SDSR First Annual Report 2016
DS wonders if the Prime Minister is being briefed truthfully as to the state of the Armed Forces by the MOD’. The herculean efforts being made by Service personnel with unreliable systems & equipment, terms & conditions in times of increasing threat are truly outstanding. Prime Minister’s Questions 23rd November 2016 Wayne David (Caerphilly) (Lab): Continue reading
DS has now had time to digest the House of Commons Defence Committee’s report ‘Restoring the Fleet’ and the immediate Ministry of Defence (MOD) response. Frankly the very idea postulated by the MOD that their procurement programme for the Royal Navy was ‘growing’ the fleet was greeted with incredulity. To then add insult to injury Continue reading