Boots on the ground need bucks in the wallet

The Union Budget for 2019-20 next week will trigger the predictable chorus of criticism that the capital allocation is inadequate for modernising the military’s warfighting arsenal — such as tanks, artillery guns, warships and combat aircraft — that should at minimum match, or ideally outclass, what our likely enemies will pit against us in a war. This concern, while valid, misses a greater shortcoming: The government’s continuing failure to financially provision for the 100,000 new troops it has sanctioned, but has still to adequately fund.   A dozen years of st.....

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