Against the backdrop of a stretched UK military, the Ministry of Defence published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2006/07.
The report outlines the challenges facing the armed forces today:
Not for decades have the UK's Armed Forces sustained such an extended period of intense operational tempo. We do not underestimate the difficulties we face, but thanks to the outstanding abilities and courage of our people we have made progress. And there are several areas where the demands are starting to ease. Force levels in Northern Ireland have now reduced and we have been able to withdraw UK combat forces from the Balkans. Nevertheless, the tempo remains extremely high and we still face many challenges. Meeting these, and supporting our men and women in the front line remains the key focus for us all."
The press release can be found here, and the report itself can be downloaded here.