I realise council workers are often loathed but I hadn't realised road crews needed to roll around tooled up like Action Man.[There appears to be road sign stashed at the back!]
I saw the title in a blog aggregator and thought this might have been about the scientist technocrats enabling our representatives to cease to represent us on most matters climate change related.
Surely the MoD never seriously intended the Piranha to get to Afghanistan regardless of it being found unsurprisingly wanting in surviving threats it wasn't designed to survive. I don't mean that they knew it would not be suitable but that, not being a UOR, they would never have been able to get it there in time!
Not the MoD but Dannatt. This was very much an Army adventure. The whole damn thing was fanatasy, but it didn't stop Dannatt making it his top equipment priority. After "winning" the static warfare of the platoon houses, he anticipated furnishing a mobile FRES Brigade, to range south and interdict the Taliban which, he supposed, would retreat to the desert - with no idea that the warfare might go asymmetric. But then this is the man who championed the Vector as the replacement for the Snatch, and had to be introduced to the concept of the v-shaped hull, of which he had previously been completely unaware.