Of Ships And Men And Toys.
I was taken with this aircraft carrier story this morning. Some of the, to date, mismanagement so far here. Add into the mix this little gem of a story, Monsieur and the stage is set fair for the next round of tax payer revenue pissing up the wall contest.
I note in both articles The Boy appears as an expert in procurement, design, tactical requirements, piloting techniques, arms deals and just about everything else you can think of. Well, except a dose of self awareness, humility and common sense!
Whilst wrangling over which aircraft to use, with whom to share the toys when, if ever, they are available the more glaringly obvious questions go completely ignored. For instance technology in the later part of this decade.
Let me give you an instance. Not withstanding the vulnerability of these beasts afloat, from submarine detection and destruction, what about the rapidly developing unmanned fighter aircraft and drones? I would suggest these relatively inexpensive methods of airborne weapons delivery will dominate strategic planning and operations in the very near future.
Furthermore such capability will be readily available to many countries unable to afford other more expensive "toys". If we cast our minds back to the Falklands conflict we were very vulnerable at sea then. I really don't think the enormous costs we are now making are very well thought out.
Now my concerns about the technology obsolescence argument are not even considering the usual cock ups our pathetic Governments are now so consummate at. The discussions taking place with The French, the manufacturers' varied interests, the military jockeying for who gets to play with the hardware. As ever, The Sir Humphreys desperation to garner kudos and staff into their Whitehall fiefdoms beavers away endlessly, as well.
So, my poor tax payer friends, just the unholy mess and disarray is costing billions. The eventual outcome will be another TSR2. If these carriers are ever completed, some idiot will suggest they be employed in Afghanistan, or Central Africa, well away from those pesky drones and subs!