Chatham House - National Defence in the Age of Austerity

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  1. A worthwhile read:

    Preparations for the next UK defence review are under way; a struggle is imminent and the lines of battle are being drawn. There is a grave danger that in the new 'age of austerity' defence planning-and strategy generally-will be driven by tribal conflicts, either between supporters of one or other of the armed services or between contending viewpoints about the nature of conflict. And there will be others who will argue that the defence review should be driven simply by the need to reduce government expenditure, as quickly as possible.

    These arguments not only reduce the defence debate to a struggle between various incompatible and uncompromising tribal beliefs-'war among the fetishes', perhaps-they also miss the point.
  2. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Where do people get the idea that defence is a sort of luxury item that we don't really need? The only reason people submit to government is that it defends them from enemies without and criminals within. Defence of the Realm is the FIRST duty of the British Govt, and the second is the maintenance of the Queen's Peace. After those have been funded we can begin to think what else is 'affordable' (like buying out failing railways).

  3. Did anyone tell Neue Arbiet that dit? Seems to be completely outside their terms of reference.

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