DefenceSynergia (DS) is aware of the 10 year MOD Equipment Plan – 2021 to 2031 which has been challenged as to whether current Defence funding matches the programme. DS fully understands that the Secretary of State for Defence wrote his forward to this document a year ago, in February 2022, but would respectfully suggest that more recent geopolitical developments have rendered this view out of date. To stick to it now would smack of ‘Cognitive Dissonance’.
The invasion of Ukraine by forces of the Russian Federation must be seen as a game-changer and the whole equipment plan, indeed, the whole UK defence doctrine and Defence Planning Assumptions (DPA) must be revised to reflect the new paradigm – that we now live in a post ‘Peace Dividend Europe’.
The German Government, until now a most reluctant defence spender, has belatedly recognised this and agreed an urgent Defence spending package equal to circa 2 years UK defence spending of 100bn Euros. UK must do the same.