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    I see reports that the UK is going to cut its...

    I see reports that the UK is going to cut its AWACs order from 5 to 3 airframes:
    https://twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/status/1308319323312852993
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    How many times does RTE rock up to interview the...

    How many times does RTE rock up to interview the Air Corps?
  3. That's hasn't stopped the heightened tensions...

    That's hasn't stopped the heightened tensions before, there's been more than a few times since Cyprus that there's nearly been exchanges.
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    Given that the plan was for the Port of Cork area...

    Given that the plan was for the Port of Cork area to be converted into a high rise and commercial development, I'd assume the secure berthing area would be gone anyway by the time the Cork Luas ever...
  5. In the same neck of the woods, Italy has just...

    In the same neck of the woods, Italy has just announced increases in spending:
    https://twitter.com/Marflo66036248/status/1305455622251589632
  6. So we've got or will have 10 pilots training in...

    So we've got or will have 10 pilots training in both the US and Australia, do we know how long the ones in the US will be there for given the Australian ones are there for a couple of years? What...
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    Would that be a huge loss to anyone?

    Would that be a huge loss to anyone?
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    Think the Boxer has just started promoting a...

    Think the Boxer has just started promoting a bridging unit, don't know about the Piranha's though.
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    Well that would be one way to get that...

    Well that would be one way to get that "interceptor" capability the Equipment plan was talking about I suppose...
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    Or maybe it's a point to highlight what usage...

    Or maybe it's a point to highlight what usage they can give us in case there's a chance for another?
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    I'm sure they'd just substitute "lack of pilots...

    I'm sure they'd just substitute "lack of pilots due to operational tempo" then instead.
  12. What's the point of this? Yes a G7/UNSC...

    What's the point of this? Yes a G7/UNSC member/nuclear power spends a sh!t ton more than us, so does every other member of such clubs, surely we should be scoping our spend or lack there of against...
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    Remember no space in the hanger... Or something...

    Remember no space in the hanger... Or something like that.
  14. And even those Eastern Europeans who turned up to...

    And even those Eastern Europeans who turned up to do some of the work as well.
  15. Don't forget that little holiday to Asia as...

    Don't forget that little holiday to Asia as well...
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    Hate to break it to you, but the Government have...

    Hate to break it to you, but the Government have done exactly that and more in regards to climate targets.

    As for your hope on the Commission, at this stage I lean more towards the DF being...
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    No it isn't, the GDP figure is used because...

    No it isn't, the GDP figure is used because that's the international standard, and Ireland doesn't want to open up the question of Tax Base Erosion that we are actively enabling (and pissing off most...
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    Up until 2016, they weren't by international...

    Up until 2016, they weren't by international accounting rules, the OECD changed the rules and suddenly our GDP jumped 20+%, hence being labelled "Leprechaun Economics" at the time. They weren't ours...
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    Don't think any of the others have the same...

    Don't think any of the others have the same volume of multi national activity and IP issues that we do, looking at the Wiki entry (not the best of course but enough for what we are discussing) for...
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    They are "reliable", just utter BS at the same...

    They are "reliable", just utter BS at the same time, hence why Eurostat remove our figures, for example the OECD changed the rules on Aircraft Leasing 10 years ago and suddenly when it came into...
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    Apart from the fact that the as we all know the...

    Apart from the fact that the as we all know the GDP figures are BS for us, far more than they are for Finland, at least a chunk of our "low spending" is more that our GDP jumps around so much...
  22. And just as I thought, today's "leak" regarding...

    And just as I thought, today's "leak" regarding the review
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/08/26/exclusive-anti-submarine-warships-could-cut-single-figures/
    The 26's cut to 3 and the 31's...
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    The usual kite flying from the different groups...

    The usual kite flying from the different groups in the UK military when a review is happening, over the weekend it was all the heavy armour being mothballed, I'm guessing by next weekend there's...
  24. Well, the Times is reporting that another option...

    Well, the Times is reporting that another option for cuts is the mothballing of the entire BA tank force and closing the base in Canada, so I wouldn't be hugely surprised if more Frigate cuts aren't...
  25. To go back to the point regarding the Type 23's,...

    To go back to the point regarding the Type 23's, another issue raised here; https://thinpinstripedline.blogspot.com/2020/08/is-royal-navy-selling-type-23-frigates.html is that even when the RN does...
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