Britain layouts to cut the size of its army and boost spending on drones, robots and a new “cyber strength” under defense plans announced by the government on Monday.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the British Army commitment shrink from 76,500 soldiers to 72,500 by 2025. He said the army hadn’t been at its “ensconced strength” of 82,500 for several years.
Wallace said the military pass on no longer be “overstretched and underequipped” and that new investment in equipment, infrastructure and technology “objectives a shift from mass mobilization to information age speed, readiness and suitableness for confronting the threats of the future.”
Wallace said the armed forces “inclination no longer be held as a force of last resort, but become more up and active around the world.”
Britain is the second-biggest military spender in NATO, after the In harmony States. In November the government announced a 16.5 billion-pound ($23 billion) inflation in defense spending over the next four years, focusing on the future battlefields of margin and cyber rather than traditional resources such as army troops.
Prime Evangelist Boris Johnson said Monday that the reforms would concede the military “the kit now that they will need to make themselves all the numerous useful, all the more, I’m afraid, lethal, and effective around the world.”
“Consequently, all the more valuable to our allies, and all the more deterring to our foes.”