- The Times Newspaper alleges a £10bn shortfall in the defence budget
- We are also aware of large scale shortfall
- This is an inevitable consequence of the creative accounting under the last administration when they claimed to have balanced the budget
- Projects that should have been funded 5 years ago are now having to be paid for and the money simply isn’t there
- There are also long standing problems with our procurement system, which fails to balance to operations requirement, cost, and delivery. The longer you delay projects the more expensive they become due to inflation and changing requirements.
- The program has been run on post-dated cheques which has now left us with a cut-price armed forces that is going to need to operate in a very sophisticated operational environment
- Successive governments have cut the tail, support capabilities etc. now we’re getting to the front line capabilities.
- As a result our ability to put ourselves in harms way, to deter our opponents and adventurist enemies, and to resist coercion like in the Ukraine and S. China Sea has been fatally compromise.