Be careful what you joke about. Last week I said I thought it was unlikely we would ever see a British Army unit called the Queen’s Own Hackers. I was discussing the British military’s attempt to grab a slice of budgetary pie when it comes to cyber-warfare. Well, it turns out though it’s unlikely to be called the Queen’s Own Hackers, the Army is looking at establishing a cyber-warfare unit. The Army is looking at attracting Information Technology experts into the Territorial Army. And as they are likely to have spent more of their time in front of a computer than playing football and stuff like that, fitness standards will be relaxed. The scheme is part of a government plan to double the size of the T.A. while slashing the number of full-time professional soldiers by 20%. Another leg Britain’s cyber-warfare strategy involves teaming up with industry. The privatisation of defence is really working out for the Americans; they would really like to get their hands on private contractor turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Yes, in the 21st Century Britain’s defence is a natural candidate for privatisation, out-sourcing and part-time work. It has worked for electricity, gas, water, railways, coal, steel, and telephones; hasn’t it? Successive British governments in the 1920s and 1930s decided defence, and the Army in particular, was a luxury in times of austerity. Some would argue that Hitler would never have invaded Poland in 1939 if the British Army had been a credible force.