It’s a few weeks now since I was at a dinner where the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall was speaking about the challenges for the Army now and in the years to come.
But one message that came over loud and clear, between the lines, was that the Army is both preparing to downsize and also preparing for war. He didn’t say where, and nor would I expect him to because he probably doesn’t know where. But there are “options” being considered without doubt for military activity in more than one country.
Will it be The Falklands, Iran, Syria, Somalia or even somewhere in Africa? Lord only knows, but one thing is certain, we will not be able to open up another offensive operation without first being out of Afghanistan. The end of that campaign is advancing.