The UK should stop making more cuts to its armed forces before hurting its position in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a top US general has warned.
Speaking to BBC on Wednesday, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, expressed concerns about the British Ministry of Defense’s plans for making £20 billion of efficiency savings.
If the UK “can’t maintain and sustain the level of commitments it’s fulfilling right now, then I think it risks kind of going into a different sort of category,” the general said. “I don’t see how you could maintain those global commitments if you got any smaller.”
The British Army has already been reduced from 120,000 to 82,000 regular troops. However, recruitment struggles have further cut its current strength to just over 78,000 soldiers.
The American general made the remarks ahead of new UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson’s meeting with James Mattis, his American…