With Western Nations continually cutting their military budgets and the ever growing costs of military hardware are we fast reaching the point where it will be too costly to pay for such weapons platforms and the like. Technology has advanced at such a rate that the sums being invested just in R & D alone are absolutely staggering. Not only that the loss of such prestigeous units such as carriers in a major conflict means that their complexity of build means that you cannot simple not them out in a couple of months or cheaply. If in any furture conflict large and expensive weapons systems are lost there simply may not be the money there to replace them. Will we reach that point where Nations cannot afford such cost or have we already reached that point. In any Nations budget are area's such as social care, housing etc. already loosing out to massive military spending that cannot be sustained. If we do reach that point or we have what would the face of future armed forces look like. Would such costs mean that nations only have strong defensive forces and rely on long range missiles for offence. Or will the whole thing just implode under its own inertia.