2020-11-21

Britain has increased its military spending significantly, wants to restore its status as”Europe’s number one maritime power”

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, November 21, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Chinese website, the UK will increase defense spending by 10%in the next four years, with a total investment of 16.5 billion pounds (21.9 billion US dollars) , Update equipment and enhance military capabilities.

British Prime Minister Johnson said a few days ago that this is a”modernization that only occurs once in a generation” and is necessary to expand Britain’s influence.

Johnson said that the four-year defense investment is to protect the public, protect a large number of jobs, and create 40,000 jobs.

Subsequently, the British Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace (Ben Wallace) said in the BBC program that the increase in defense The investment is to update Britain’s “outdated” equipment and improve the next-generation capabilities. He said that British opponents in other parts of the world have better equipment and attack capabilities.

The British think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) said that “increasing investment means that the actual annual defense budget will increase by 10-15%, which is equivalent to an additional investment of about 4 billion pounds per year”.

Technology for Future Warfare

The British Prime Minister Johnson promised to stop cutting defense budgets, and expressed his intention to protect British supply routes and increase Britain’s nuclear deterrence capabilities , To restore Britain’s status as “Europe’s No. 1 maritime power” and “revivify the British shipbuilding industry”.

The Secretary of Defense Wallace also emphasized that Britain must”give up its outdated capabilities”, which requires increased investment. He specifically pointed out that areas such as electronic warfare, electronic intelligence and”long-range strikes” will receive more funding.

The British Prime Minister mentioned that cybersecurity agencies have played an important role in counter-terrorism, combating organized crime and hostile countries. Wallace also said that the establishment of a national cyber force on the existing basis will invest the increased budget in space warfare and new institutions dedicated to the development of future artificial intelligence capabilities.

BBC defense reporter Jonathan Beale (Jonathan Beale) believes that the UK’s newly increased defense budget will be invested in robotics and autonomous systems to respond to threats from space and networks.

The biggest increase since the Cold War

Wallace said that between now and 2024, Britain will invest an additional £4 billion in defense. This will be the largest increase in defense spending since the Cold War.

The British Secretary of Defense said that the world is more dangerous and competition is fiercer, so defense should be given priority. He said,”After the Cold War, the international situation has become more dangerous and competition has become more intense. The UK must be loyal to its history and unite closely with its allies. To achieve this goal, we need to improve our overseas capabilities.”

< p>However, the article of the Royal United Armed Forces Research Institute believes that”the ambitious foreign policy goals are not clear enough”, and it seems that we need to wait until the new year’s comprehensive review is announced before clarification can be made. In addition, the Department of Defense needs to ensure that it uses existing resources to achieve its ambitious goals, which will face great pressure.

BBC defense reporter Jonathan Biller said that although the government has broken through the Ministry of Finance’s restrictions and increased defense funding, the Ministry of Defense still has a £13 billion gap in its equipment budget.

Britain’s defense budget accounts for 2.1%-2.85%of GDP, second only to the United States among the NATO member states .

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