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British Military Current Events

" We are particularly concerned that the Department is not institutionally capable of accepting an appropriate level of risk. Taking risks can be challenging when national security and taxpayers’ money are at stake, yet failing to take risks can become a source of peril and waste in itself. "

Alpha - Omega.
Everything will go well now that a large consulting company is involved, I'm sure ;)

RAF admits ‘urgent’ need to solve shortage of trained pilots​

Former defence chief Lord West describes the situation as a ‘disgrace’.​

The Royal Air Force has admitted it “urgently” needs to address a shortage of trained aircrew, so that it has enough pilots and aircraft weapon operators to “match operational demands”.

The bleak picture of staffing in the RAF is revealed in internal documents seen by i that show that the service is turning to outside help to try to resolve the situation.

A review into the aircrew shortage has been commissioned, with the RAF bringing in the Boston Consulting Group on a £480,000 contract to suggest potential solutions and to gauge support for different options.


Some UK Canada differences

PM reacts to pressure from his ministers, his party, his parliament and his country.
Defence Minister is a popular member and a serious leadership contender
Defence is a high profile ministry
Brits pay attention

The Ministry of Defence (MOD or MoD) is the department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by His Majesty's Government, and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces.

The MOD states that its principal objectives are to defend the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability.[4] The MOD also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.

The expenditure, administration and policy of the MOD are scrutinised by the Defence Select Committee,[5] except for Defence Intelligence which instead falls under the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.[6]

Ministerial team[edit]​

The Ministers in the Ministry of Defence are as follows:[9][10]

The Rt Hon. Ben Wallace MPSecretary of StateOverall responsibility for the department; strategic operations and operational strategy, including as a member of the National Security Council; defence planning, programme and resource allocation; strategic international partnerships: US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, NATO; nuclear operations, policy and organisations; strategic communications.
The Rt Hon. James Heappey MPMinister of State for the Armed ForcesOperations and operational legal policy; Brexit no deal planning; force generation (including exercises); military recruitment and retention policy (regulars and reserves); cyber; Permanent Joint Operating bases; international defence engagement strategy; lead for defence engagement in Africa and Latin America; human security; operational public inquiries, inquests; youth and cadets; commemorations, ceremonial duties, medallic recognition and protocol policy and casework
Alex Chalk MPMinister of State for Defence ProcurementDelivery of the Equipment Plan; nuclear enterprise; defence exports; innovation; defence science and technology including Dstl; information computer technology; the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO); DIO estates and investment; environment and sustainability
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Goldie DLMinister of State for Defence (unpaid)Corporate governance including transformation programme; single departmental plan, risk reporting and health, safety and security; EU relations, including Brexit (excluding No Deal planning); engagement with retired senior Defence personnel and wider opinion formers; arms control and counter-proliferation, including strategic export licensing and chemical and biological weapons; UK Hydrographic Office; Statutory Instrument programme; Australia, Asia and Far East defence engagement; Defence Fire and Rescue; safety and security; Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland devolved authorities; ship wrecks, museums and heritage; Ministry of Defence Police; ministerial correspondence and PQs
The Rt Hon. Andrew Murrison MPParliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families

Socks boy tried that at the UN a few years ago. You'd thing he'd learned. But Nooooo ......

Convening and finger-wagging about the Green Economy/Post-nationalism kind of fall flat. Especially when Third World nations like Venezuela, Egypt, and Pakistan can look at our Armed Forces, scoff, and retort "and what exactly are you gonna do about it?"

Trudeau must have flipped Roosevelt's quote on foreign policy. He shouts loudly and is contented whittling away a toothpick.