Thursday, 31 January 2008
Sain Tathan and the British War Gamers
Blow for £15bn St Athan academy
Jan 31 2008 Tomos Livingstone, Western Mail
PART of a huge £15bn defence training academy ear-marked for St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan is being ditched
The two-part project would have seen all UK defence training centralised in south Wales.
But the second part of the scheme, dealing with logistics, photography, administration, policing and language training, is not now going ahead.
It was worth up to £5bn and would have seen 4,500 personnel trained on site.
The rest of the scheme is going ahead as planned, and will see the army, navy and air force trained at a new site in St Athan, due to be opened in 2013. 5,000 jobs will be created as a result.
Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth said the St Athan team was unable to provide an “affordable” way of delivering the second package.
Sain Tathan Military Academy is for the training of military personnel in war games and in more sophisticated forms of warfare. When will they ever learn? - Iraq, Vietnam, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Crimea ......the list goes on.....? Better to ditch the establishment completely and turn it into an Academy of Peace (on how to cope with aggression and deflect antagonism through understanding and diplomatic negotiation). Regarding the employment of 5,000 personnel the majority of this jobs will not apparently be created from the pool of the local community.
Those nostalgic for the heady days of Empire will not agree with me for sure!
Alan in Dyfed