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Why do our useless military bosses waste so much of our money?

I hope readers will be as surprised at today’s blog as I was when I researched it.

In three of my books – PLUNDERING THE PUBLIC SECTOR, SQUANDERED and FLEECED, I’ve tried to expose in great detail the profligacy, incompetence and utter uselessness of our military leaders when spending (and largely wasting) hundreds of billions of pounds of our money. But till yesterday I hadn’t realised quite how bad this was.

So today I’d like to show the results of our military leaders’ worthlessness by comparing our defence spending with that of Russia to see which country gets the most things that go ‘bang’ for its bucks.

Russian military spending has been increasing over the last few years and it’s generally believed that Russia now spends a little bit more than the UK:

defence spending

The latest figures I’ve seen are $68bn for Russia versus $57bn for the UK

But though it spends a little bit more, Russia seems to get an awful lot more for its money (I’ve marked the most dramatic differences with red arrows)

military strength Russia vs UK

(acronyms: AFV – armoured fighting vehicle; SPG – self-propelled gun; MLRS – multiple launch rocket system)

Now I realise Russia has (I think) a largely conscript military so their troops are much cheaper than British ones. I also realise labour costs are much lower in Russia than the West, so any kit made there will be cheaper than stuff made in the UK, Europe or the US. And I realise that much of the Russian equipment may not be that modern or that well maintained.

But Russia’s lower costs and possibly older equipment surely cannot fully explain the following enormous differences: Russia’s 462 attack helicopters vs Britain’s 65; Russia’s 769 fighter aircraft vs Britain’s 89; Russia’s 15,398 tanks vs Britain’s 407; Russia’s 4,625 towed artillery vs Britain’s 138; Russia’s 5,972 self-propelled guns vs Britain’s 89; Russia’s 3,793 multiple launch rocket systems vs Britain’s 42; Russia’s 55 submarines vs Britain’s 10 etc etc.

So, for just a little bit more money, Russia is often getting 10 to 20 times as much military hardware as Britain.

As I’ve hopefully explained in my books in excruciating detail, there is almost nothing the world as bloated and incompetent as the Ministry of Defence’s procurement department.

I don’t know where our $57bn-a-year defence budget goes. But it certainly doesn’t go on equipping our troops with the equipment they need to defend us.

4 comments to Why do our useless military bosses waste so much of our money?

  • Chris

    Government spending in most aspects is geared to benefit the providers rather than the users.

  • MGJ

    Good video link from Chris. I think it is fair to say that the safeguard of an “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” of which Eisenhower spoke has not come to pass!

  • Sir Sakara Gold

    I work for the India Defence Procurement Department for 12 years. We entertained BAe and UK government MoD chaps many times, they try and sell us defective SA80 assault rifle with Pakistan ammunition and 5 inch bayonet that bend and break and impossible to sharpen. UK Defence Minister ask for young india boys to entertain him one night, we film him in bathroom and sell film to Russian KGB. Next we hear UK gov scrap 100 very fine and effective Tornado F3 air defence variant and cancel Nimrod MRP anti-submarine replacement! But is laughable to see that British Army still have more cavalry horses than tanks, no? also RAF have no bombers and Royal Navy only have River class patrol vessel to intercept powerful Russian fleet mounting amphibious assault exercise off Devenport! Possibly British should scrap homosexual Eton public school system and intern secret Freemason society lodge members, yes? LOL LOL

  • Sakara Gold

    I work for the India Defence Procurement Department for 12 years. We entertained BAe and UK government MoD chaps many times, they try and sell us defective SA80 assault rifle with Pakistan ammunition and 5 inch bayonet that bend and break and impossible to sharpen. UK Defence Minister ask for young india boys to entertain him one night, we film him in bathroom and sell film to Russian KGB. Next we hear UK gov scrap 100 very fine and effective Tornado F3 air defence variant and cancel Nimrod MRP anti-submarine replacement! But is laughable to see that British Army still have more cavalry horses than tanks, no? also RAF have no bombers and Royal Navy only have River class patrol vessel to intercept powerful Russian fleet mounting amphibious assault exercise off Devenport! Possibly British should scrap homosexual Eton public school system and intern secret Freemason society lodge members, yes? LOL LOL

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