Hypersonic Defence

DefenceSynergia (DS) has seen Dr James Bosbotinis’ most recent report for Defence IQ into Hypersonic Defence. It is a comprehensive report that covers a highly complex area of capability and threat in clear and understandable terms. In UK defence terms it puts into public view many of the emerging issues that DS has been warning about for several years, not least to House of Commons Select Committee for Defence. 

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Why are Naval Officers careers so short ?

DefenceSynergia is pleased to publish a short essay on the subject of Armed Forced careers by one of its founding members, Lt Cdr Christopher Samuel RN (Retd). The author highlights a seeming anomaly in employment between those that served in the Armed Forces and society more widely. The article has a maritime focus but is applicable to all those who serve.
It would be interesting to understand what reasons MOD offers for perpetuating this disparity in career time span and retirement ages with civilian employment?

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DefenceSynergia Short Commentary – UK Force Sustainability

 

 

 

DefenceSynergia Short Commentary – UK Force Sustainability

 

DefenceSynergia (DS) is deeply concerned that at a recent Defence Select Committee hearing General Sir Richard Barrons described the UK Armed Forces as ‘Threadbare; Hollowed out; having too little sustaining support or mass and unable to fight for longer than a week’. Chillingly, but accurately, he concluded his evidence by saying that the UK cannot defend against a missile attack on London. (more…)

‘Doing Business with Defence’

DefenceSynergia notes that the MOD has recently released its 2022 Procurement Overview subtitled ‘Doing Business with Defence’. 
 
The MOD says “We are one of the biggest public procurement organisations in Europe, and the single largest customer for UK industry. Over the next decade we are committed to spending over £190 billion on equipment and support. We have a diverse range of requirements, including everything from military fighting vehicles to education services, nuclear submarines to facilities management. Our customers include our Armed Forces and national security agencies. Our aim is to ensure that our customers are provided with the best capabilities to enable them to protect the UK’s security and to advance the UK’s interests, both now and in the long term. 

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