'It's a Great Sadness': Are Britain's Forces Being Helped by MoD Politics?
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Are Tories weak on defence? It's a tough question we've put to Peter Luff, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. In our probing interview, he admits to a tangible downside in removing the Harrier and Nimrod from service - and he talks through the MoD's decision to juggle Britain's commitment to Afghanistan with widespread budget cuts. Mr Luff also speaks to the 'Equipment, Support, and Technology for Defence and Security consultation' that the MoD plans to release at the end of March 2011. There are some expected - and some surprising - components of this new policy directive. But will this be enough to distract the UK from the latest round of fiscal 'belt-tightening'?