Both the DefMin and ChiefofDef agreed that their initial priority lay in improving, recruiting and in certain areas competing for skilled workforce. $90mil has been allocated in the last budget to cover costs over the coming four years. It was agreed that manpower numbers needed to be upgraded first and that new acquisitions would follow as govt directed. It is not intended to purchase items now if the forces are unable to use them.Here's the recording of the hearing if anyone wants to comment on it (I haven't fully watched it yet but briefly noticed the DefMin is talking about a new Govt defence assessment, whatever that entails).
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The above makes sense with the debacle that occurred with the use of military personal over the initial Covid period and the need to regain personal numbers to the operable level required.
It is now essential also that major acquisition orders are selected and placed to allow for the time frames for delivery to be made. Building on what we have so that we increase item numbers, needs to be structured at regular intervals in the future. This means that obsolesence does not occur all at once. Another example would be the acquisition of a couple of SeaGuardian UAVs and setting up the infrastructure and training required to enter active service. More can be added later. If a S Is. naval facility was decided upon then the infrastructure and staffing has to be planned for and funded. With new areas not already covered that will enhance capability - we will have to start the same way. Recruiting and expansion go hand in hand,
Meanwhile we wait for the upcoming report and briefs from Govt.