Cuts to Defence have to be real #military #auspol

Cutting Defence personnel brings on other challenges to make sure it actually has value.

“The other risk is they cut jobs from the public service and take on more contractors and it is then a fiscal slight of hand.’’

Mr James told the ABC that Defence’s bureaucracy had been growing rapidly in recent years, particularly in more senior positions, and it was now bigger than the air force or navy.

“[There has been a] massive increase in SES officers over the past decade, and the Defence Association’s view has always been that if you want to save money that’s a good place to start.”