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Subject: Whats the deal with defence cuts and Kosovo?
Yimmy    2/17/2008 6:23:56 PM
I go away for the weekend and come back to rumours of defence cuts in the navy and a thousand troops being sent to Kosovo.... so what's the deal?
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Padfoot       2/17/2008 10:34:58 PM

Probably the same rumor that's being doing the rounds for a couple of years now.

 I read the Guardian report, but they're notoriously unreliable on defence matters. Now they're reporting £4.5 billion in cuts, it wasn't that long ago they were reporting £16 billion in cuts Anyways, I'd have thought that the Astutes were the least likely to suffer in any proposed defence cuts.

As for the hysterical headlines: "BRITISH TROOPS READY FOR BALKAN UNREST" I think that's just typical tabloid nonsense.

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interestedamateur       2/18/2008 3:59:03 AM
Kosovo declared independence yesterday....hence the SLE being placed on alert.
After last year's CSR, it appears that the armed forces are going to have to make drastic cuts. It looks as though the RN will take the bulk of these (with perhaps 1 extra destroyer and the Broadsword Batch 3's going early). There have also been rumours that other projects such as FRES and the new carriers will be delayed. No one involved in he process has been speaking publicly, but occasionally some army people post onto arsse. Although they don't say much, it does appear as though the situation is very bad. 
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