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UK Strategic Defence Review catapults value for money in defence to centre stage

The UK Government has just released its strategic review of defence spending. 8% will be cut from the defence budget; programs across the Services will be affected or cancelled.

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The long awaited UK Strategic Defence and Security Review has just been published; outlining cuts of 8% – reducing the overall budget by approximately £3Bn. It has ushered in an era of efficiency and value for money in defence in the UK – a very strong representation of defence cost savings and efficiency the world over.

What this means in real terms:

UK military numbers will fall by up to 17,000 personnel; the Army is facing the loss of up to 40% of their tanks and 35% of heavy artillery; the Navy will lose its main aircraft carrier and will only use one of the two future carriers currently under construction (which will have no aircraft of its own until 2020) and; the Air Force will decommission the Nimrod reconnaissance programme and the Harrier jump-jets, retire the ASTOR programme early, and close several bases.

Up to 25,000 civilian personnel will be facing redeployment or release over the next five years.

The UK is not alone in its defence cuts; the US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has committed to saving $100m over the next five years, France is aiming to cut up to $5Bn over the next three years and Germany is looking at upwards of $10Bn worth of savings.

Defence IQ’s Value for Money and Efficiency in Defence conference (16th & 17th February 2011) will address these exceptionally current challenges and will present participants with concrete ways to make substantial savings to their programmes; helping to ensure they are not subject to the full force of their national budget’s axe.

It will highlight already successful platforms which were developed efficiently in the first instance and which are exuding value for money through superb through life management. It will also demonstrate ways of ‘doing more with less’ through excellent joint-working, cooperation and partnering.

For further information on this event and access your complimentary downloads (videos, articles, presentations, etc.) please visit our website: http://bit.ly/DSVFM1. Alternatively, contact us on +44 (0) 20 7368 9300 or email enquire@defenceiq.com. Please remember to quote your exclusive code ‘DSVFM1’.

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