secretary Geoff Hoon has announced large cuts in the Armed Forces as part of
2008, the RAF will shed 7,500 jobs, 1,500 will be lost in the Navy, and a
further 10,000 civilian posts will also be cut. Aircraft, tank and ship numbers
will also be reduced.
details follow Hoon’s White Paper Security in a Changing World, presented to
the Commons in December.
Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to invest heavily in hi-tech digital
systems to enable it to work closely with US forces.
MPs criticised the move at a time when global uncertainty is at its highest.
Democrat MP Paul Keetch said: "Iraq has shown that winning the peace needs
more troops on the ground than winning the war. A bit of spare capacity would
have been a good insurance policy."
shake-up follows Chancellor Gordon Brown’s announcement that the MoD would
receive a 1.4 per cent annual real-terms increase in its budget over the next
he also demanded £2.8bn in savings on the procurement of equipment and
back-room support functions by 2007-08.
the budget for Armed Forces is to rise by £3.7bn, from £29.7bn this year, to
£33.4bn by 2007-8.