There are growing doubts over whether Britain remains capable of fighting a war alongside the US military, according to reports in US media.
The New York Times says budget cuts are largely to blame – and experts say ‘France is gradually supplanting Britain as the United States’ main European military ally’.
He reports that the last three official US defense reviews have been based on the assumption that Britain will never again fight a war without the United States.
“Over the past 10 years, there has been a steady decline for Britain as the partner of choice for the US military,” said Derek Chollet, the former US assistant secretary of defense for the United States. international security affairs.
“Libya in 2011 was really Britain’s last breath as a leading military power. Brexit is only a continuation and acceleration of the protracted existential crisis.
Julian Lindley-French, a defense analyst and senior fellow at the Institute of Statecraft in London, told the New York Times that “Britain, crippled by austerity, is retreating behind a nuclear shield, no longer with the popular will or ability to defend the British, he added, “want the symbols of power – nuclear deterrence and the ensign on the aircraft carrier”.
The New York Times writes: “The combined impact of austerity-era budget cuts and spending choices has hit the British Army hardest of all the services. in part because of an embarrassing outsourcing effort. It is still several thousand short of its goal of 82,000 “fully trained Regular Army soldiers”, despite the demotion of what it means to be “fully trained”, as well as its target of 30,000 in the Army Reserve. army.”
However, The New York Times notes that Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik has praised the British Armed Forces.
“The British have a real military culture. They understand that a battle is a battle. And they can suffer casualties,” Mr Luik said.
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