Dominic Cummings' message to the generals? Top aide flashes letter about ...

Dominic Cummings sent a less than subtle message to Britain's generals to accept new technology this morning over his modernisation drive that could revolutionise the Armed Forces.

Boris Johnson's famously unkempt top aide is currently overseeing a defence spending review that could make sweeping changes and cost-cutting, including a greater use of drones and increased focus on cyber warfare.

He was suited and booted as he walked into Downing Street this morning with a document on open display in his hands that praised the quest for ever-more-modern weapons of war.

It was a copy of a letter from retired US Air Force General Bernard Shriever in 1986 to the head of president Ronald Reagan's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, which examined allegations of procurement overspending.

Writing to commission chairman David Packard, Gen Shriever, who led the air force's weapons research and development programme in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, highlighted the importance of keeping ahead of the game.

'I strongly believe that the wise and timely application  of technology to provide quantitatively superior weapons, second only to people, is the most important ingredient to our national security.'

Mr Cummings will have known that the letter would have been picked up by the cameras as he arrived ahead of this morning's Cabinet meeting in No10. 

He is currently playing a leading role in the defence spending review expected to set out UK priorities next year.

It has already sparked controversy with reports that the British Army's entire force of hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles could be scrapped under the sweeping modernisation plans.

The UK's Challenger II main battle tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles are said to be at risk because of swingeing budget cuts expected to follow the coronvirus crisis.

Boris Johnson's famously unkempt top aide was suited and booted as he walked into Downing Street this morning with a document on open display in his hands

Boris Johnson's famously unkempt top aide was suited and booted as he walked into Downing Street this morning with a document on open display in his hands

It was a copy of a letter from retired US Air Force General Bernard Shriever in 1986 to the head of president Ronald Reagan's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, which examined allegations of procurement overspending

It was a copy of a letter from retired US Air Force General Bernard Shriever in 1986 to the head of president Ronald Reagan's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, which examined allegations of procurement overspending

It emerged in July that Mr Cummings, Boris Johnson's most senior aide, had been given the green light to

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