|UK defence spending and procurement plans, together with planned changes to the organisational structure of the three Services have been well debated on this and other forums.
However, it is painfly obvious that government defence plans and strategies are rarely delivered in full. Domestic politics, geopolitical stability and the nature of the demand are all areas that are often are subject to unforseen changes. They also can and often do, significantly effect UK defence policy / priorities and and the level of financial provision. The classic example of this are the frequent changes to planned procurement programmes.
So, the question is, what do you think will be the real state of the three Services in 2025? I know there's a huge amount open to discussion here and variables to consider. But to help structure the debate, perhaps consider the following:
What will be (and have been) the overall level of defence spending? Why? What will be prioritised?
Whith regards to the RN what will the make up of the fleet be?
How will the army have evolved and changed in composition - will the current brigade mix, structure and numbers have remained the same?
Will the RAF even still exist and what will it be flying - will it get tranche 3 of Typhoon, how many F-35s will have been bought (for them and the RN)?