The government has been under fire for not supplying troops with enough equipment in Afghanistan.
A series of senior political figures have put their head above the parapet to call for greater funding from Westminster, and more helicopters.
But the government has been careful to stop the story turning into a scandal.
An internal review by special advisor Bernard Gray reportedly lambasted the Ministry of Defence for wasting up to £2.5 billion of public money and contained a scathing assessment of its procurement process.
Gordon Brown was accused of covering up the report.