LONDON (AP) – Britain plans to reduce the size of its military to boost spending on drones, robots and new cyber defense plans announced by the government on Monday.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that by 2025, the British army will be reduced from 76,500 to 72,500. He said that for several years the army has not found its “established force” – 82,500.
Wallace said the military would no longer be “overstaffed,” “adding that new investments in equipment, infrastructure and technology” mean a transition to the pace of mass mobilization in the information age, a willingness to face future threats. “
Wallace said the armed forces “will no longer be seen as a last resort, but will become more present and active around the world.”
Britain is NATO’s second largest military spender after the United States. In November, the government announced an increase in defense spending of ,5 16.5 billion ($ 23 billion) over the next four years, focusing on cyberspace’s future space rather than traditional resources such as the military.
Prime Minister Boris John Onson said on Monday that the reforms would give the military “the outfit they need to make themselves more useful around the world, especially, I fear, deadly and effective.”
“Consequently, it is more valuable for our allies, moreover, for our restraining enemies.”