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If the defence industry cake is smaller why would we give a slice to an independent Scotland?

The long standing stagnation of the UK defence budget has inevitably led to a reduction in jobs in the defence industry — as a result, UK capability will be affected as the sector risks losing highly skilled professionals deemed essential to the defence support base, argues a new RUSI study.

80% of the personnel leaving were lost to the sector as a whole, while 45% of those exiting were engineers, project managers & information specialists - all critical roles essential to a healthy defence sector.  The 5-year period under review saw a real reduction in the number of people available to develop, produce & support defence equipment, limiting the country’s capacity to respond to changing threats & risks.

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