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RUSI: "Let Debate Commence: Key Strategic Questions For the 2015 SDSR"


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"2014 is set to be a year of transition for UK defence. Withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan will be completed by the end of the year, along with most of the remaining personnel cuts needed as a result of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review(SDSR) and the subsequent ‘Three Month Exercise’. Attention is increasingly turning to the possible consequences of the post-election spending review on defence."

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The key debate (to my mind) has got to be BALANCE - cutting edge technology and less people; or a larger number of highly trained people and slightly less advanced equipments.

We just cannot procure and deliver these equipments, we demonstrate this year on year. So, perhaps the focus should be better placed upon a larger number of people, increase their training, procure proven equipments (remove the ludicrous sovereign manufacturing bias) as the norms (think COTS) and advanced (thinks MOTS/GOTS) only where it is utterly required and be ruthless about it.

So get the principle of BALANCE agreed - then after BALANCE, consider REACH - where are we going to play and for how long? This will of course, be driven by SAG scenarios and DSD exercises and then will inform in detail the BALANCE bit.

The WHO with has been answered, US, NATO, FR, EU.....basically coalitions.
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