Nick Chaffey, PA’s global head of defence and security consulting, has given his views on the announcements in this year’s budget that over £4 billion is being allocated from the Treasury Reserve to support operations in Afghanistan.
Nick commented that the amount was "significant" and said it highlighted the political and public importance attached to looking after frontline forces. "It means that high-priority UORs (urgent operational requirements) will go forward and get delivered," he said.
The article goes on to say that the rest of defence, though, will be vulnerable to cost-cutting, redundancies and equipment cancellations to address a multibillion-pound black hole in defence spending. Nick commented: "I do not think you can assume that any programme is safe."