Strategic Defence & Security Review 2015

SDSR 2015 Rumour Mill

This is an open post to that will be kept updated in the coming months running-up to the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) due in October 2015. It seems almost certain there will be yet another round of cuts to the defence budget, whatever government is elected in May and it will be neither ‘strategic’ or improve our defence capability. Here we will track and comment on the multiple rumours and media speculation about how the RN in particular maybe shaped by the defence review.

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Putin and submarine

Is Britain prepared for the naval challenges of a new Cold War?

In December 2014 Russia quietly signaled what maybe called the start of Cold War II when it issued a new military doctrine which lists NATO as its “main threat”. President Putin, a former KGB officer is determined to return Russia to the superpower status of the Soviet Union. Communist dogma may have gone but it has been replaced by nationalist expansionism and paranoia used to justify a military renaissance. Western nations are feeling this growing power by increasing numbers of Russian ships, aircraft and submarines to probing defences and even entering territorial waters.

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Boeing P8A Posiedon

Dear Boeing… yours David

Dear Boeing Aircraft company,

David Cameron here. We find ourselves in something of a mess and I am writing to you to request an urgent delivery of some of your excellent P-8A Poseidon Aircraft. Despite being an island nation we currently have no maritime patrol aircraft.

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