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Follow the money. "Defence and security" also means major infrastructure spending on new, hypersecure digital communications systems, civil defence and so on.

Plus, a 60k force requires not only weapons (or "weapon systems" as the kids say) but also transport capacity. And in the final analysis that means big orders for the Airbus A400M currently under development.

And if that's not enough, something that went across my desk this week indicated that in a few years, the only person wearing more electronic bling than your average 20-something will be your average 20-something infantryman.

These are $erious People doing $erious Business.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 06:10:10 AM EST
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Yes, of course.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 12th, 2008 at 10:29:22 AM EST
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