It's finally over and we can breathe again. The Olympics that is, not the recession.
One thing that has come out of it all is that the soldiers did an excellent job. This begs the question of why we do not make greater use of the army during peacetime. It is a standing asset that is highly efficient, well disciplined and undergoing constant training.
A soldier doesn't have to kill somebody to prove he is a good soldier. In the same way that defence reviews look at hardware and tactics for the "next war" why not include the remit of the army within that review?
Flood chaos, missing person, prisoner on the loose? Call in the squaddies, instead of stretching the emergency services to the limit.
I wonder how much cheaper it was to use the army rather than G4S?