British Prime Minister David Cameron™s claim that the UK has the world™s fourth largest defence budget is œno more than a shallow sound-bite”, a report has said.
A report by the UK National Defence Association (UKNDA), which campaigns for increased funding for British armed forces, challenged Cameron over the claim and said the country ranks 31st in terms of armed forces manpower (including Reserves) and 64th in terms of œserious militarization”.
The report by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon and Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham argued that France, Spain, Argentina, and even Sweden, are all ahead of Britain in the league table of military power.
œExperienced, skilful and battle-hardened we may be, but we are just too few – too few in personnel, ships, aircraft and weapons,” the report said.
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, however, dismissed the claims as œnonsense”, saying œmilitary power is not just about numbers. It’s about their quality, morale, training and equipment.
The British government plans to cut the regular army from 102,000 to 82,000 and increasing the number of reservists from 15,000 to 30,000 by 2018.
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