U.K. Audit Scrutinizes A400M, Voyager Tankers
By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
While the NAO report focuses on program management problems, several former senior commanders have expressed concern that defense is seen as a “sacrificial lamb,” suffering larger cuts to meet austerity measures than other government departments.
In a report for lobbying group the U.K. National Defense Association, former Air Chief Marshal Michael Graydon writes that “mass matters, and all the armed forces, the Royal Navy and RAF in particular, will have to find a better balance between the demands of high-tech warfare and the simple fact that quantity has a quality of its own; it will require an honest recognition that without the United States we are severely restricted in what we can actually achieve.”