With RAF 100 superbly achieved and the Government having announced Combat Air Strategy, is air power in the mind of our politicians now back in the ascendancy or is the Royal Air Force at serious risk of being allowed to wither on the vine? Each defence review sees air power capacity being reduced and capability, both equipment and personnel further stretched. Is the Royal Air Force really fit for purpose as it begins its second decade? What are its weaknesses and what are its strengths and is it perhaps paying a heavy price for having lacked strategy and leadership? Are we about to further scale back our national ambitions because of affordability and can we afford the RAF in its present form? What do our politicians think about the Royal Air Force and is the public really on-side defence? What are the obstacles to progress for the RAF now and while there is no doubt that it has aspirations for the future including in Space, are these really achievable?
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