Further to this post, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas via Tom Ricks’ “Best Defense” blog:
“The British Army has been ordered to take an extended 25-day Christmas holiday or ‘work from home’ in an attempt to cut its gas and electricity bills,” reports a British newspaper. This reminds me of George Marshall as a Depression-era garrison commander encouraging his married troops to take time to plant vegetables.
Not so, Joe, responds the Ministry of Defence’s blog. “To suggest the Christmas leave plan is a cost-cutting measure is not true. In recognition of the exceptionally busy year the Army has had, both on operations and at home — including vital support to the London 2012 Olympics, fuel tanker drivers’ strike and the Diamond Jubilee — the usual Christmas leave period has been extended…
Well, maybe. Meanwhile our army is cutting back on training, money don’t you know?
No fat to cut in Army overhead; budget cuts affect training of soldiers: general
Relevant, note links at end:
Ah, that wonderful CFDS:
At some point there will have to be re-do. But if each service tries to go on being as all-singing and all-dancing as possible each is likely to end up not performing all that well. The government needs to make some some very difficult choices to focus the services, and abandon some capabilities so as to be able to afford and maintain others. That means the government must decide what types of missions/roles each service must be able to perform (as opposed to “nice to have”) and how much it is willing to pay for the personnel and equipment so that those missions/roles can be carried out effectively and efficiently.
But I doubt this government is capable of–or our services willing to–engage in such a serious review (which the UK government did carry out some two years ago, almost mercilessly). And, concerning “nice to have”, does Canada for example really need the F-35’s touted “first day of war” strike capability–see first bullet here?
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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