Recent comment by the defence secretary
Recent comments by the Defence Secretary to the BBC can at best be seen as worrying. Even before the deadline for evidence to the Integrated Review, he is talking about potential cuts to the armed forces.
He admitted the government review would mean "letting go" of some military equipment to invest in cyber, space and other new technologies. This is a new potential area of warfare which it cannot possibly be assumed lessens the risk from existing threats. So it must be funded with extra expenditure. To transfer funds from existing equipment would be short sighted in the extreme.
He also indicated that any cuts would not be as dramatic as some have reported. Cuts in the defence budget have gone too far already. All three of our armed services suffer from equipment shortages. As the world continues to become more dangerous, now is not the time to be contemplating any cuts whatsoever in the defence budget.
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