Military review needed?
Back in August we posted - 'The UK armed services, what next'? see HERE. At the time the MSM was reporting, in a general way, on a number of military issues and in particular dealing with procurement. What we noticed was -
The UK broadsheets have in recent weeks carried a number of letters from retired military men letting the enemy have a broadside in the form of their opinion. So who was the enemy? Well often it was the other two services! This may have come as a bit of a shock to some but fear not, this is perfectly normal! Anyone who has taken an interest in the military will have spotted this, the equipment procurement process reinforces the prejudices. Even so there have been a few people trying to debate the way to go, starting with the deliberately provocative question “Do we need an RAF?”
This 'debate' died away and peace resumed. The death toll from Afghanistan continued though, it was this tragedy that put the armed services back in the news.
Then closer to home came the story behind the verdict of the RAF helicopter crash during a training flight in August 2007 near Catterick. This looked very much an avoidable accident, the armed services' reputation was damaged, see HERE.
Once more the spotlight falls upon the military, this time the Royal Navy. The story from the Times is - The Royal Navy failed to open fire as Somali pirates seized two British hostages.
No doubt there were reasons for their inactivity. We are told the ship, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, was half the size of the pirates' mother ship. Whatever the reasons, the public will be astonished but not impressed, that another UK military policy goes wrong. The RFA Wave Knight is part of the Nato anti-piracy fleet off East Africa.
Defence analyst Richard North says - “Within the Army, it has long been recognised that the command structure is top-heavy, and the same applies to the RAF and Navy, the latter having far more admirals than ships. Yet, time after time, successive defence chiefs have ducked the issue and refused to prune the brass". The full article is HERE.
A military review must be on the list of jobs to do for an incoming government. And not too far down that list either.