Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Well, let's put it like this. Gripen is the cheapest modern fighter in the world, but did we really need all of 200 of them (Finland and Norway have roughly 50 fighters each), and are they really useful when we haven't bought any weapons for them, when we don't let the pilots train in them and have decided to destroy the C3I-system? (as a matter of fact, due to a powerful blogging campaign, that last thing has just been stopped)

Currently, the armed forces are extremely badly managed. Extremely. I know plenty of people with a good insight in the actual sausage-making, and it's worse than you can imagine. We get zero effect from the money we spend. Zero.

This means we should either stop the expenditure (roughly 5 billion euros per annum) or completely restructure it, something the current government is doing its best to fool people they are doing, but actually aren't.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Dec 19th, 2009 at 07:15:54 PM EST
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