Memorandum submitted by Professor Malcolm Chalmers (October 2002)
Playing to the UK's strengths
The proposals in the New Chapter are designed to play to the UK's strengths, focusing military energies in areas where it has capabilities which few others possess. The UK is one of only three powers (along with the US and France) with a capability for rapidly projecting military power over long distances
They are not very large elements.
(Mr Hoon) I disagree with you. I think if you check the numbers you will find that they have significant professional forces as well. France has only recently abandoned conscription and no one suggests that France does not have a highly professional and some very sharp-end forces that would readily satisfy the terms of the NATO response force."
You want more evidence?
-Bases around the world including asia with full readiness,
-30 ground elint station in the world,
-35 000 troops abroad on 5 continents
- ability to project 60 000 men of ground army and up to 120 000 in a national commitment including navy and air force
-permanent training in deserts, moutain and jungle warfare for all projection force
-a surface task force which is able to crush any other surface force in the world (except USA of course) thank to a nuclear carrier with Rafales, air buddy refueling and up to 3E2C on board and ability to strike with antiship missile 800 miles away
-a 6 well trained and silent SSN force supplemented by a well trained modern ASW forces (frigates and 35 ASW planes)
-only army with USA to have digital brigades (UK not yet ready on this side)
-an air force similar to israeli air force with 100 transport/airrefueling aircraft and 7 E3F/E2C awacs....
-600 cruise missiles available
For sure I want much more but it is not a mythical force except for its proficiency and romantism of fighting in remote deserts or jungles..
French air forces; army navy and air; Trooplift is how shall I describe it? PATHETIC..