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 Continue reading
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 Continue reading
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 Continue reading
DefenceSynergia on the Ministry of Defence Equipment/Personnel Funding Debacle It seems to DefenceSynergia (DS) that the issue of Defence funding must be simplified for public understanding and proper transparency, accountability and analysis. In doing so we would want to focus upon the core issue –
Mod have announced that: Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November and sets out plans for the first batch of Type 31e frigates.
SPEAKER’S LECTURE – ‘THE FUTURE OF THE ARMED FORCES’ By Dr Julian Lewis MP DS fully agrees with the sentiments set out in this brilliant speech. http://www.julianlewis.net/essays-and-topics/4337:the-future-of-the-armed-forces TAD070817
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