set out heavily-trailed plans for two new Army 5,000-strong "strike brigades" capable of deploying rapidly around the world as well as an additional PS12 billion of equipment funding.
set out heavilytrailed plans for two new Army 5,000-strong "strike brigades" capable of deploying rapidly around the world, as well as an additional PS12 billion of equipment funding.
A decision will be made in the next SDSR
(see above) as to whether a commitment to a UCAV development programme will be made.
Continuing this long into the 21st century would be best secured by a different approach to UK foreign policy which the NSS and SDSR
should seek to enable.
Meanwhile, the Army's regular manpower strength, which was set at 110,000 in 1998, fell to 95,000 in the 2010 SDSR
, and was fixed at a target of 82,000 in 2012.
The Defence Secretary said reverting to the jump jet would also open the possibility that both carriers could become operational and that one would not have to be mothballed as planned under the SDSR
The decision to revert to the F-35B short-take-off/vertical landing variant follows 18 months of detailed work within the MoD since the SDSR
decision was announced.
It followed the leak last year of another private letter from Dr Fox to the Prime Minister - that time warning of the impact of the planned SDSR
Under the terms of the SDSR
, the 70-strong fleet of Harriers will be scrapped or sold, while Wallsend-built Ark Royal, the flagship of the Fleet, will be decommissioned and possibly turned into a London heliport.
While there are measures to be welcomed in the SDSR
the UK Government has a very poor record in delivering on defence in Scotland, indeed, given previous commitments which have never been delivered such as investment in a new barracks at Kirknewton, or the promised uplift in personnel numbers the UK Government must now engage meaningfully with the Scottish Government on the conduct and outcomes of this review.
We recognise this as an emerging threat and there is a clear strand in the SDSR
that is looking at counter measures for the situation as he describes," she said.
It accused the MoD of focusing on "short-term" affordability in drawing up options for the SDSR
to cover a 38 billion pounds black hole in its budget.