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Fantasy Shipbuilding, British Version

February 1, 2010

Here is the UK version of a fantasy Defense (Defence) Budget. Read what James Kirkup at the Daily Telegraph has to say on a bold announcement from the British government:

No 10 has told The Times this morning that the defence green paper this week will be accompanied with promises to go ahead with two new aircraft carriers, Joint Strike Fighters to fly from them, and no cuts in the size of the Army.

At Kings of War, David Betz sums it up nicely. This is fantasy politics. There just isn’t enough money to do these things.

Likely a drastic stroke to trump the Tories on military issues, since it is increasingly known David Cameron, the apparent incoming Prime Minister for the Conservative Party will make cuts of his own. Labour has been cutting mercilessly, even announcing troops reduction, and Blair before him, while engaging in major combat during the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns.

Too little, far too late to save the Cold War establishment and procurement practices, same as here in the US. The dire need for change is upon us. All the Royal Navy needs is a modern Fisher, or for the US, the Navy’s Petraeus.

2 Comments leave one →
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  2. Michael permalink
    February 2, 2010 4:43 am

    This is a non story, the carriers are already under construction we have known for a while that we will in all probability be getting less F35’s (in the short term) and we know that the number of Typhoons has been cut.
    So can someone tell me what this is all about except for pre electioneering nonsense.
    As for not being able to afford this programme,well most of the money has already been spent on the carriers and Typhoon,that leaves one programme which we still have to decide on and commit to.
    More of the Times and Telegraph trying to make something out of nothing. Again!!!

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