When I read about the programme on the BBC's website at lunchtime, it was still saying in the listings that the broadcast was coming from Exeter; the BBC must have re-written that bit to show the updated information later on.
It seems every time he has to open his mouth he starts squirming and goes a slight shade of redder. I have this strange feeling that he only fills the chair while someone else in the background is the actual Defence Sec. 8)
The trouble with putting people in charge of Ministries when they have prior experience of working in that sector is that they may be inclined to ignore the advice of those Civil Serpents and experts who are under them, but have a far better understanding of the job. They may also have their own agenda. They would also be more inclined to get bogged down with the detail rather than take an overall view.