The British government on Monday unveiled its strategy to adapt to the changing threats to its armed forces, including a plan to strengthen naval capabilities but, according to the media, a significant reduction in troops. MPs were briefed about the plan on Monday afternoon by Defense Minister Ben Wallace, for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union by Britain, nearly a week after the decision to raise the ceiling on its nuclear arsenal. The controversial announcement came at the end of the government’s strategic review of security, defense and foreign policy, the first since the country’s complete exit from the European Union in early January. In The Telegraph on Sunday, Defense Minister Ben Wallace wrote that the armed forces must adapt to threats that had turned into “points of unfamiliarity” over the past 30 years. He said, “We can no longer accept the superiority of Western forces. Our enemies have infinitely more options.” “We constantly find ourselves faced in a ‘gray area’ – aggressive action below the threshold of open conflict.” He announced “additional investment in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, strike capabilities as well as improved sensors and defensive measures.” However, according to the British media, the project has further reduced the size of the army from 10,000 troops to around 70,000, as well as increased investment in technologies such as robots and drones and “cyber-wars”. In a statement, the Ministry of Defense announced plans for the transformation of “more ships, submarines, sailors” and Royal Marines into a new unit called “Future Commando Force (FCF)”. FCF will be responsible for “maintaining shipping lanes and maintaining freedom of navigation” and will receive over £ 200 million (232 million euros) in direct investment over the next decade. A new Royal Navy surveillance vessel will also enter service by 2024 with a crew of around 15, intended to protect British submarine cables and other infrastructure. According to the Ministry of Defense, a special operations brigade will be deployed on land “to be able to operate carefully in high-risk environments and to be rapidly deployed around the world”. In the next four years, 120 million books will be invested in this unit. At the same time, another brigade will be formed, the aid brigade of the security forces, to provide advice and training to all the allied countries. In November, Conservative Prime Minister Borisjonsson announced an investment in defense of a unique amount for 30 years, with the ambition to become “the leading naval power in Europe”. He was reported to have spent an additional 24.1 billion pounds (28 billion euros) over the four years compared to the 2019 budget. Thus, the United Kingdom intends to invest 190 billion pounds (221 billion euros) or 2.2% in defense over the next four years. Its gdp
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