Max Hastings on British Defense Cuts
Some interesting quotes from the celebrated author and historian Max Hastings via the Daily Mail:
Something big must be sacrificed, to make the sums even begin to add up. Many soldiers, as well as defence gurus, believe upgrading the Trident nuclear deterrent, at a cost of around £20 billion, is simply unaffordable in Britain’s newly impoverished state.
It is highly doubtful that we can pay £15-20 billion for American built F35 planes to fly off the Navy’s new aircraft-carriers.
This means the carriers themselves become pointless.
Only by sacrificing other commitments can we hope to give the Army the men and kit it needs to remain a serious force. American strategists whom I meet in Washington almost all agree that Britain must make tough defence choices, and that we should focus squarely on giving ourselves a truly world class army.
The RAF should be reconfigured to give far more effective battlefield support than it provides today. It must sacrifice many of the fast jets to which it clings, against a fantasy scenario that it might fight the Battle of Britain all over again.We need lots of helicopters and ground-attack planes, not Typhoon fighters.
Focusing on the war we have now should be the watchword. Good advice for America too!