Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 - 16:32 UTC

US/UK combined Chiefs of Staff Committee meet as a group for the first time since 1948

Britain's most senior military chiefs met with their US counterparts as a group, bringing them together as a Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee for the first time since 1948. This time, the Chiefs were not discussing current or prospective operations but instead met to discuss the strategic challenges the UK and US militaries may face in the future.

The UK/US Service Chiefs discussed the strategic challenges the UK and US militaries may face in the future

The meeting in Washington reinforced the close alliance between the two countries’ Armed Forces, after a decade in which UK and US forces have been routinely involved in combat operations together. The end of combat operations in Afghanistan next year seems likely to represent an inflection point.

This meeting provided a timely opportunity for the Service Chiefs to consider the future challenges both militaries can expect to face during a period of uncertainty in the international strategic environment and continuing pressure on the resources that will be available for defense.

The Chiefs reviewed the circumstances in which UK and US forces seem likely to operate together in the future, and the need to continue to develop interoperability between the two forces. The bilateral military relationship between the UK and US is based on a long and rich shared history.

The gathering has provided an opportunity to drive forward priorities for defense collaboration set by successive Defense Secretaries and endorsed by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron when they met last May.

The outcomes of the meeting will include recommendations to the UK and US governments on the next steps with this program of work.

The UK’s Chief of the Defense Staff, General Sir David Richards, said that the US/UK Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee, meeting as it has for the first time in 65 years, reflects the importance of the military dimension of the Anglo-American alliance and a joint determination to ensure it prospers into the future.

“Over the past decade of conflict I, and most of the British Armed Forces, have fought side-by-side our US comrades-in-arms. How we build on the mutual respect and confidence this has engendered to ensure we successfully move beyond today’s operations to meet fresh challenges has been at the heart of our discussions.

“I am delighted that Gen Dempsey and his fellow Chiefs have generously hosted their British counterparts and enabled this important meeting to take place. We will build on these talks to ensure we’re properly structured to cooperate bilaterally, in coalition with others and as part of NATO with our closest military ally.

US Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Martin E Dempsey described the meeting at Fort McNair as historic.

“In the spirit of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee that convened 71 years ago, we discussed the current challenges both our nation face, as well as those challenges of an uncertain future.

“The US and UK have benefited from one of the strongest partnerships any two countries can enjoy. From the friendship between Field Marshall Sir John Dill and General George Marshall during World War II, to the young service members serving together in Afghanistan today, this kind of dialogue allows us to think through new ideas to strengthen our mutual interests and serve the men and women who protect both our countries”, said General Dempsey.

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1 reality check (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 04:41 pm Report abuse
Korea anyone?
2 Anbar (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 05:26 pm Report abuse

The meeting went like this:

A Brit General stood up and said:

“So, chaps, when shall we re-convene to discuss future combined operations?”

And an American replied

“About 30 seconds after Obama leaves the white house for good”.

“Tip-top, just what we were thinking too! ” said the Brit “So where are the whores & free grog then?”
3 ChrisR (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 05:33 pm Report abuse
@2 That's really funny and probably exactly what was really said.
4 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 06:08 pm Report abuse
Did the US side say “wait a minute, you're not israel!”?

I think we should be told.
5 Britworker (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
It's all a bit of joke really, Obama has done huge damage to this relationship, there is no point pretending otherwise.
6 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
Vive la relation particulière!!

Incidentally, are these generals all mavericks who laugh in the face of the chain of command and just do what they furkin' well like similar to those american soldiers in the movies? How do they hold their armed forces together if everyone is doing what they just feel like and kicking doors down to shoot aliens?
7 mastershakejb (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 06:54 pm Report abuse
lol shed-time, USA really shoved a big stick up your butt eh? Bout half your comments on these boards are about how butthurt the US made you.
8 briton (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 06:57 pm Report abuse
I reported this last week,

Old news,
And yes Argentina was mentioned,
But hey,
According to CFK this meeting did not take place,
And was illegal,

So does not exist,
Until Obama goes.

Apparently they discussed everything,
INCLUDING joint carrier patrols,
And joint control,

This cannot ever be achieved unless [if it did] you would see American fleet, patrolling the Falklands
As part of the program,
And what a sight that would be,
But would it happen,
Well you will have to ask CFK and Obama.lolol.
9 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 07:02 pm Report abuse
@7 What exactly does maverick soldiers kicking down every door and shooting aliens have to do with me? I'm personally quite happy that aliens only land in the USA because it means we don't have to deal with them here. I also prefer armed services with a chain of command because their combined effort is greater than the sum of the individuals.

I guess you're just upset because you americans don't have showers or soap and can't keep your underpant area clean. That's why you have to cut bits off.

Soap dodger.
10 Baxter (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
2 Anbar . So right ! That is exactly what happened . So sad after fighting shoulder to shoulder so many times .
11 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 07:46 pm Report abuse
Did the American Generals say 'Bonjour, monsieurs et madames, vous etes notre alliés les plus proches!“, only to say ”oh wait, it's only those British”.

I think we should be told.
12 mastershakejb (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 08:13 pm Report abuse
wtf are you ragingramblespazzing about now shed-time?
back to the shed with you for a time-out
shed time for shed-time
13 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
@12 you soap dodger.
14 Lou Spoo (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 08:30 pm Report abuse

They did indeed. Joint carrier patrols would certainly be an interesting concept.

15 Anbar (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 08:40 pm Report abuse
“”“”One U.S. service chief, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert, even hinted that the British and Americans could share geographical presence requirements, with U.S. and British ships trading off in a rotation, but he cautioned that such an agreement would be “unprecedented” and require long-term, ironclad commitments.“”“”

In Obama-speak that comes out as:

“We'll borrow their carriers and lend 'em to the Latins - that'll frak 'em!”

Sadly I doubt Barack could tell a massai from a kikuyu, which is where most of his personal problems appear to start (as far as his hatred of all thing British starts) .

Then again, he has Hillary as one of his top-crew, which is almost enough to make one feel sorry for him anyway.... pretty certain she's banned in the UK under the dangerous dogs act.

(Having now typed that I, obviously, will never be able to go to the USA on holiday)


We like it dry: Americans like it obvious.

16 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 09:25 pm Report abuse
@15 don't you prefer it wet?
17 Stevie (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 09:32 pm Report abuse
You guys are funny..
Meanwhile, China is mobilizing its troops...
18 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 09:35 pm Report abuse
@17 Of course, they've got millions of unmarried males in the army and the one-child family policy has led to a gender difference of 100 women to every 117 men. That means they've got 100'000'000s of unmarried men just hanging about getting all anxious and fighty... with no chance of getting any poontang.
19 Stevie (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 09:37 pm Report abuse
There you have USA asking for aid. Go go go!! :)
20 Shed-time (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
@18 I really don't understand what you are saying. I'll put it down to you being some kind of La Campora nutjob who actually believes KFC and her assertions about the UK distracting people from issues in the economy by keeping the military presence in the falklands the same as it has been since 1980's.
21 Stevie (#) Apr 02nd, 2013 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
you forgot “schizophrenic”...

Are you talking to me, or to yourself? Either way, it makes no sense...
22 mastershakejb (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 12:34 am Report abuse
screenstaring shed-time nutcase spends his entire life staring at computer screen, holed up in his shack on mercopress.com, praying to god
23 Shed-time (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 08:52 am Report abuse
@22 If praying to God makes me a nutcase, then I'm resolutely a nutcase. Seems you only target protestants for your insults, why is this?
24 lsolde (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 10:27 am Report abuse
What the meeting was really about was the details & timing of a joint UK/US lnvasion of Argentina.
25 Shed-time (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 10:59 am Report abuse
@24 Just Patagonia. Then the Republic of Patagonia can act as a shield between the Falklands and the Democratic People's Republic of Argentina.

Problem solved.
26 Clyde15 (#) Apr 03rd, 2013 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
And the significance of that is?
I thought that DB was the expert on all things military.
I presume that you have hot line to Beijing ?
27 Stevie (#) Apr 05th, 2013 - 12:38 am Report abuse
Call it “access to newspapers”
Nothing out of the ordinary...

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